Make a difference; support term limits

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 25, 2013 

Our self-serving Congress continues to be in paralysis. Unabashed partisanship, fiscal irresponsibility, special interest favoritism and personal greed define its poor performance.

Its latest approval rating is the lowest in history. Entrenched congressmen, serving too long, encourage undesirable results. It has been said that time in office promotes power and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

A recent national poll found that more than 75 percent of Americans want congressional term limits.

Presidents of the United States have limited terms. Thirty-six states have term limits for governors. Recent bills have been proposed addressing term limits, but they languish in committees.

The advantages of congressional term limits far outweigh any of the disadvantages.

By leveling the playing field, term limits encourage newcomers to hold office, bringing refreshing, constructive, cooperative solutions to our country's many challenges.

What can you and I do about it? First, we can vote for candidates, both incumbents and challengers, who strongly support congressional term limits.

Second, since a constitutional amendment would be required to enforce these limits, you can be certain resistance will come from many Washington politicians, insiders and special-interest groups. You and I need to support two petitions being circulated. They are, the National Campaign to Limit Congressional Terms (www.termlimitspetition.com) and the U.S. Term Limits petition (termlimits.org). Go to these websites now and sign on; there is strength in numbers.

Finally, we will get what we deserve through our efforts or lack thereof.

Earle Everett

Hilton Head Island

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