There’s no secret that corruption in our nation’s politics is a genuine issue. Many officials say what sounds good when they’re trying to get elected. Then, once Election Day has passed, these folks do whatever pleases them, including cutting all sorts of illicit deals under the table.
In years past and even today, conversations about the merit of term limits have come up. Many conservatives believe term limits would benefit the nation while severely cutting back on corruption in politics and government.
If there’s anything the current leaders in Congress are doing, it’s showing the significant importance of having term limits, as RedState points out.
To provide some perspective here, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been in Congress since before the inception of the world wide web. The 81-year-old California Democrat has only been in Congress slightly longer than 71-year-old Chuck Schumer, the current Senate Majority Leader.
As of late, Pelosi has shown that she is far from being in an excellent mental state like Biden. During a recent press conference, the House Speaker spoke incoherently, failed to finish her thoughts, and mirrored the speaking habits of Biden, who is only one year younger than her.
Make no mistake. There is nothing inherently wrong with getting older. However, when it comes to leading the nation in Congress, lawmakers need to be fit for the job, and they especially need to be of sound mind.
Thus far, 15 different states in America have term limits. Yet Congress does not. It needs to change. Pelosi should have retired long ago, and while Schumer is of a slightly sounder mind than the House Speaker, he would also be out of Congress if there were term limits.
Despite the apparent merits of having congressional term limits, the obvious question boils down to what would be necessary for this to happen. Ultimately, term limits would require an additional amendment to the US Constitution.
Furthermore, garnering the necessary votes to implement congressional term limits appears to be a daunting prospect. After all, many elected officials benefit today from the absence of term limits in the House and Senate.
Therefore, the likelihood of these people willingly taking actions that would remove themselves from power is zero. However, should America ever get a chance to implement term limits in Congress, it’s something we should do.