Technically speaking, voters control term limits for our political non-leaders. I have the naïve belief term limits are not necessary because voters can throw the bums out. Unfortunately, most voters simply re-elect incumbents.
Jim Gearhart, a radio host at NJ101.5, has called on the citizenry to “Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians” (GRIP). He has championed this cause for more than 25 years. The idea is to simply vote against the incumbent regardless of party affiliation, experience, or familial relations. The fact NJ voters have not even come close to achieving Gearhart’s nirvana is the saddest display of apathy I have seen.
This is not a NJ phenomenon as most Americans continually re-elect politicians who own approval ratings unworthy of dog catcher. Why? Would you re-hire a contractor who did everything but correct the issue he was hired to fix?
Politicians are fond of saying they pass legislation for the good of the people. The legislation passed is mostly intrusive and dictates how people should live their lives. From having to wear seat belts to bike riding helmets to owning healthcare, the politicians seek to dictate how we should live and intrude on our individual liberties.
Since most politicians in Washington, DC believe Americans are too dumb to think on our own, perhaps they should be consistent and introduce a bill setting term limits. I think this is now a necessity so our feeble minds will not be taxed with such mundane matters as whether the people we elect actually represent our will and not their aspirations. Two terms are good for the president so I imagine two terms should suffice for Senators and Congressmen.
It can be like jury duty. Every term, a random number of people receive notices in the mail and must appear in Washington. The Supreme Court can then vet the potential candidates to appear on the ballot. We can make it a reality series. It will be hysterical to watch people try to talk their way out of serving as a Senator or Congressman citing racial biases, work commitments, family commitments, phobias of politicians, self-esteem issues, or whatever the going reason is today to get out of Jury duty.
I still hold out hope we will vote them all out of office but I know better.