How I wish Senator Jim DeMint would run for President. Yesterday DeMint introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to term-limit members of Congress. He proposes three terms (6 years) for the House and two terms for the Senate (4 years). Ten Senators are co-sponsors.
If we’re ever going to permanently change Washington, we must change the process that encourages career politicians to amass personal power instead of making the hard decisions for the nation,” said Senator DeMint.
“We need true citizen legislators who spend their time defending the constitution, not currying favor with lobbyists. We need new leaders continually coming to Congress to ensure every taxpayer dollar is spent wisely, not wasted on Washington special interests. We must end the era of permanent politicians that has led us to a $14 trillion debt and a pending fiscal crisis”
Co-sponsors to S.J. Res. 11 included New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign, Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, and Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter…
“[L]et me be clear that term limits will only succeed when the same rules apply to everyone. Self-term limits are a recipe for self-defeat, as the career politicians simply wait out the true reformers. We must have term limits for all or term limits won’t succeed,” said Senator DeMint.
Think about this: among the best legislators, how many times (until maybe recently) have you known of either chamber actually proclaiming the Constitution, using it to defeat a Bill, and speaking out about Constitutional abuse? It seldom, if ever happened. And if it happened only on the floor of the House or Senate, and not in the press, shame on them.
This is a good time to call your legislators and ask them to co-sponsor. I see Senator Tom Coburn is on the list, but not Senator Jim Inhofe from my state of Oklahoma. I love Inhofe, but I love the idea of giving Congress a hard scrubbing every four to six years. There are undoubtedly some members of Congress whose expertise is important, but weighed against what we know is reality, I’ll go with Constitutional-focused ‘citizen legislators.’ Yes, I know this will never pass, but that doesn’t mean we should not try…and pray. Amen.