Congressional approval ratings are in the single digits. Probably the only people that like anyone in Washington with the term “Congressman/Congresswoman” or “Senator” in front of their name is their family and/or the family dog. Even then, they might be in the dog house with them too.
Term limits have been bantered back and forth by challengers against incumbents as well as candidates for open seats in Congress, the Georgia General Assembly, county commissions, and city councils. Those folks who tend to advocate term limits, if they are elected, seem to conveniently forget or ignore their campaign trail talking points. Most probably get comfortable in the seat of power and influence.
Representative Donna Sheldon is seeking to be the next representative of the 10th Congressional District of Georgia in Washington. One of her planks is to term-limit members of Congress:
Washington. D.C. is plagued by an acute case of “insideritous” and many of the problems coming out of Washington today are caused by a culture of incumbency protection and career politician mindset. It’s up to us to challenge the status quo!
When we have members of Congress who have been in office since a decade or more before we put a man on the moon, we are looking at a group that is out of touch with modern America.
If Congress was looking out for citizens rather than themselves, they would make better laws and policies, don’t you agree? If you can’t make a difference in 12 years, you shouldn’t be there in the first place.
If we enact term limits, we’ll know that members of Congress are working on laws that they’ll soon live under once their term is up. You can bet that will lead to some serious changes in business-as-usual in Washington!
I’m running for Congress to build a better future for our District — not to uphold the status quo.
Let’s get to work.
I agree. I don’t like career politicians, but personally, I believe that limiting the number of terms someone can serve in the House or Senate is just a band-aid. There are term lengths for a reason: for the electorate to reevaluate the job that an elected official is doing. It’s the responsibility of the electorate to remove that elected official in the next election if they believe they are not representing the values of that area. Maybe rather than term limits, should we investigate having shorter term lengths? Heck, we seem to live in a day and time of perpetual campaigning for various offices.
Would amending the Constitution to shorten the terms of members of the US House of Representatives to one year and Senators down to three years help, or should they even be shorter? What say you? Discuss in the comments.