Congressmen Introduce Term Limits Constitution Amendment

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A House Joint resolution to limit members of the United States Senate to two terms and United States Representatives to six terms was introduced last week.

Texas Republican Jodey Arrington and California Democrat Ro Khanna brought the resolution to the floor. Khanna stated that “96% of the folks here get reelected and that’s not what our founder’s intended,” and then reinforced his idea from Alexander Hamilton’s statement on the security of the nation being based on a rotation of leaders.

A resolution like this had been previously introduced by Senator Ted Cruz in January, but it died on the Senate floor. “The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people. It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions,” said Cruz.

Unfortunately, the newly introduced resolution may not go anywhere, as it has been attempted now seven times since February 2005 when it was first introduced by Louisiana Senator David Vitter.

A majority of libertarians support term limits, according to ISideWith, and Einer Elhauge of the Cato Institute states “Term limits solve a collective action problem and lessen the seniority penalty that makes it difficult for districts to oust ideologically unsatisfactory incumbents. And term limits reduce barriers to entry that discourage challengers and thus limit ballot options. Any furthering of those values furthers core democratic objectives.”

Being Libertarian author Derek Wills, claims that term limits were not an intention of the founding father and that the citizens have a tendency to remove those that they do not want in office. “In fact, since 2008, 61 Senators and 291 Representatives have been elected as freshmen in their respective bodies. Simple math will tell you that this translates to 61% of the Senate and 67% of the House of Representatives have been newly elected within the past 8 years. It will likely increase after the November 8th General Election as well,” states Wills for evidence.

Truly, it is up to each libertarian to find out which argument they feel best supports liberty and decide. This is one issue where principle and our core values do not necessarily account for and a researched decision is essential.

 

 

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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