It's past time for term limits

newsroom@islandpacket.comJuly 14, 2014 

What can be done to stop our selfish, dysfunctional Congress? A hopeful trend is emerging. A completely novice candidate overwhelmingly defeated the 11-year House majority leader during the recent primary.

His campaign emphasis: career politicians and special moneyed interests have corrupted our democratic system. He promised to co-sponsor an amendment not to exceed three terms in the House and two terms in the Senate. He would be joining 15 current co-sponsors in Congress and stand with the many Americans who support term limits.

Why term limits?

* Huffington Post said, "Term limits will kill the cancer of incumbency." And the Heritage Foundation said, "Term limits is the only way to clean up Congress."

* A NBC/WSJ poll showed one pervasive theme -- dissatisfaction with everyone in Washington.

*Fifty-seven percent of Americans want to give new people a chance while 75 percent believe our country is headed in the wrong direction.

By abandoning career politicians and returning to citizen leaders with term limits, we can counterbalance incumbent advantages, secure independent judgment, restore respect and promote a reality check in Congress.

So what are you doing about it? Where there is a will there is a way. Be part of the answer not part of the problem. Google "term limits for Congress," review the information and sign the numerous petitions supporting term limits. Contact your representatives in Washington and ask them to support term limits. For your vote, insist that incumbents and challengers sign the pledge for term limits.

Be proactive. There is strength in numbers.

Earle Everett

Moss Creek

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