According to most polls, across both sides of the political aisle, American voters are overwhelmingly in favor of Congressional term limits. Before the hyper-partisan political atmosphere that we’re in now, nearly all of us nodded in agreement when someone mentioned the idea of limiting how long our lawmakers can serve.
While no discernable progress has been made on the issue as of yet, I’d like to remind our readers that there’s still hope. President Donald Trump, on multiple occasions, has signaled that he’s heavily in favor of term limits and has even vowed to take action on the idea on multiple occasions.
According to a 2016 report from The Daily Beast, Trump called for term limits during a MAGA rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The mention of term limits then came at a time when Trump distanced himself from former House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“If elected President, I’ll push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress,” Trump told the rally crowd.
Fast-forward to 2018, the president once again asserted that he would like to make a move to convince Congress that term limits are the only way to go, moving forward. He made the remark after meeting with a number of freshman lawmakers at the time, who Trump said were all mostly in favor if term limits, too.
“I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits,” the president tweeted. “I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts.”
Specifically, Trump has called for a six-year term limit for members of the House and has suggested a 12-year term limit for senators. While the numbers can be argued and decided later, those limits would mean that politicians like Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be gone.
Can you imagine the number of members of Congress who would no longer be serving? No more 20, 30 and 40 year “careers” as representatives of the United States with untold and immeasurable power.
It also means that powerful people in Congress — like Pelosi — wouldn’t be able to launch questionable impeachment inquiries into presidents just because they don’t like them.
Enacting Congressional term limits would keep a nearly constant supply of fresh representatives of the American people who would have no choice but to work hard for this country. It would incentivize them to pass bills and make the changes that voters across the nation long to see happen instead of continuing their petty bickering, which does nothing but stall progress for everyone.
Incumbents would no longer have the safety blankets they currently enjoy at re-election time. Term limits would mean that the only way one stands a chance at re-election is if one has produced results.
Hopefully, the president will soon re-commit to the idea of term limits and do what he can to work with Congress to make it happen. While most Americans support the idea — the only people who currently do not are the one who would be immediately affected and the ones who have the power to change it.
The sooner we allow American voters to freshen the ranks of Congress, the sooner we can make America even greater than it currently is.