Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pipe Dreams

Since they'd never willingly do this themselves and even the ones who promise to, end up breaking that promise. I think the only way to get those idiots out of D.C. is to make them. So, dear readers, pass the word around. Each state should, in my humble opinion, enact it's own laws that limit their senators and representatives to no more than 2 terms in office, total.

Of course, the hereditary seats in Massachusetts and San Fransisco will have problems, but I'm sure they can hash those out.

But don't worry, I'm not gonna hold my breath on this one.


Crucis said...

Several states have passed term limits on Reps and Senators in the 1990s. The Pols took it to court and had those laws declared unconstitutional. It'll take an act of congress now.

"Reformers during the early 1990s used the initiative and referendum to put congressional term limits on the ballot in 23 states. Voters in every one of these states approved the congressional term limits by an average electoral margin of two to one.[citation needed]

In May 1995, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, 514 U.S. 779 (1995) that states cannot impose term limits upon their federal Representatives or Senators."

Old NFO said...

Sadly, Crucis is right... We need to get a Constitutional Amendment!

aepilot_jim said...

Bryan had a good comment and blogger was being stupid about it, so I'm pasting his comment in its entirety for everyone:

We don’t need another amendment – yet.
Let’s try getting the 17th Amendment repealed. This took the SELECTION and APPOINTMENT of our Kongress Kritters out of the hands of the state (legislature, judiciary, committee, whatever), and put it into the ELECTION by popular vote. And we see where that has gotten us. Out-of-state influences, lobbying, PACs. It would be a lot easier to recall and appoint another KonKrit by a state committee then to have a populous election (democracy – in the true Greek sense of the word – run amok). And it would be easier to deal with a small state appointment committee then the entire state populous.

aepilot_jim said...

I wonder how todays supremes would rule? Roberts, Ginsburg, and Alito have all risen to the bench since then.

Crucis said...

Hmmm. Y'all musta missed my post on repealing the 17th (and 16th) Amendment. Here's a link.


theotherjimmyolson said...

You do understand don't you that would put the staff people immediately below them essentially in power, since they are career bureaucrats, and unelected at that.An elected official with zero experience is useless as balls on the pope. he depends entirely on seasoned staff to tell him which way is up.If these staff people know the incumbent will be gone in one or two terms..........well I don't have to spell it out do I.