Time for another look at term limits?

Time for another look at term limits?

There are 5 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Feb 15, 2010, titled Time for another look at term limits?. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

Other than ending the cloture rule insanity in the U.S. Senate, only one possible reform would be sure to shake up the political gridlock that has ground the federal government to a halt for more than a decade: that is, term limits.

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Nelson Lee Walker

United States

#1 Feb 16, 2010
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A Congress of career politicians will never allow us to constitutionally term limit them by an amendment to the Constitution. But we can make term limits happen in spite of them, if lots of us follow these steps in the upcoming Congressional elections (2010, 2012, 2014):

1. Don’t reelect anyone in Congress. Get all your friends to do the same.
2. Always vote, never for incumbents, only for challengers, regardless of party .
3. If your incumbent runs unopposed, vote for his strongest challenger. Especially, never reelect an unopposed incumbent!!
4. If Congress has not passed a term limits bill by 2014, repeat this in ‘16,‘18, and ‘20

Our only sensible choice is to NEVER REELECT them. All of them! If we drop their reelection rate from 95% to 50%, they will definitely get the message.

The only infallible, unstoppable, guaranteed way to get a truly new Congress, and a new politics, is: NEVER REELECT ANY INCUMBENT! DO IT EVERY ELECTION until term limits is ratified. In other words, don't let anyone serve more than one term until they pass a term limits bill!

The number of ‘good guys’ left in Congress is negligible, so if we threw out ALL 535 of them, we would be better off turning Congress into a bunch of honest, inexperienced freshmen (guys like you and me)

Some of the reasons to favor this approach:
• It will work!
• It gives us a one-term-limited Congress without using an amendment
• It encourages ordinary citizens to run for Congress and win
• It is supported by 70% of the country (see Rasmussen and Cato polls)
• It is completely nonpartisan
• If repeated, it ends career politicians in Congress
• It opens the way to a “citizen Congress” of guys like you and me
* It would open a torrent of fresh ideas to improve our government
• It ends the seniority system that keeps freshmen powerless
• It doesn’t cost money. But you MUST vote! Just don’t vote for an incumbent
• It takes effect immediately on Election Day
• It is the only infallible, unstoppable, guaranteed way to “Throw the Bums Out”
• When the ‘pros’ stop running, ordinary citizens WILL RUN, AND WIN
• If it doesn’t work, do it again and again! It will work eventually, without a doubt.

NEVER REELECT ANYONE IN CONGRESS. DO IT EVERY ELECTION!...until we get term limits ratified!

Nelson Lee Walker of tenurecorrupts.com
Email nels96@gmail.com for your free NEVER REELECT bumper sticker
Old Crafter

South Burlington, VT

#2 Feb 17, 2010
So the editor is now in favor of term limits, huh? Maybe term limits for the OTHER guy, but I guarantee the Banner will endorse Pat Leahy for his gazillionth term in the Senate.

Or will the Banner actually stand by it's editorial and demand Mr Leahy be term limited.

Don't hold your breath.
Common Cents

Manchester Center, VT

#3 Mar 8, 2010
2 terms is plenty.

Ravena, NY

#5 Mar 8, 2010
There should be no Question mark at the end of that tittle, that's for sure. Lifelong Politicians are some of the most corrupt human beings on the face of the Earth. The Filibuster should also be removed because it makes a majority out of the Minority and has caused our Senate to become virtually non-functioning. Times change and so should our Laws.


Since: Aug 07


#6 Mar 8, 2010
Term limits are already in place. Two year in the House of Representatives and six year in the U.S. Senate and four years in the White House.

If 'we the people' do not exercise that option, then is it better to tell us what we must do.

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