In the Twenty-second Amendment of the United States Constitution it established term limits on the President of the United States. The Amendment was passed by Congress on March 21, 1947 and was ratified by the required number of states on February 27, 1951. I for one do not believe that one branch of our federal government must adhere to term limits when other branches do not. Especially the branch of elected officials, such as, the Legislative Branch, which encompasses the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the Judicial Branch. Being that the Judicial Branch is currently an appointed position it would require a different process to change their term limits.
Since the office of the President of the United States has had term limits on their time in office, I believe that the Legislative Branch, who have had members in office long after their effectiveness as our representatives that they too much adhere to term limits similar to the 22nd Amendment.
The text of the 22nd Amendment reads as follows:
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.
I for one believe that there should never be a person who can be referred to as a “Career Politician”. I believe that We the People of the United States of America, deserve an even more perfect union. It is simply not right to have term limits on the President of the United States without having the same or similar limits set for the other branches of our government. I believe that is the reason there is so much animosity and inability to come to a mutual compromise. Additionally, with fresh representatives in office of congress and the senate, bringing new ideas, we may be able to see bills that come through that are nonsensical and scrap them and move on to the next one without wasting their time on it.
It seems clear to me that many of our elected officials who are working for their constituents clearly don’t know what their concerns are and what we need in our communities. I do not want my representative working on passing a bill that most of the country does not want. I want to see a change from the Legislative branch. They must stop working on their agendas or the agendas of lobbyists and listen to what the people want and need. Until then, keep in contact with your representative, whether it is local or national. With term limits we can weed out the cobwebs of Congress and the Senate.