Jim DeMint Amendment to Term Limit Congress: DeMint Calls for Constitution Defenders

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.

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The Daily Caller (this is an inspiring article, please read it all:

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.

UPDATE: For another viewpoint, The Other McCain is advocating repealing the 16th and 17th Amendments, rather than instituting term limits.

  • It is about time. The problem is that this has a snowball’s chance in Hell. But it is a start.

  • Maggie, TLimits is the only way to get DC back to what the founders intended.TL my fav subject. I think Inhofe has done his best work.He and Coburn have done so much for ok and the country.

  • If we no longer had congresscritters who’ve been entrenched for decades, then “new” congresscritters would likely not turn their backs on the people who put them in office as quickly as they do now. So many freshman congresscritters sell-out rather than make waves with the “establishment” once they get to DC regardless of what they promised the voters.

  • Mini

    I agree with term limits, but US Senators serve 6 year terms, not 2 year terms. Senators would be limited to 12 years, not 4 years.

    • Mini, I believe DeMint’s amendment intended to change the term lengths.

  • Charleston Voice

    Our Senator DeMint of South carolina does not point out to his followers or Tea Partier groupies that ALL of our EXISTING Amendments have been violated by Government. An Amendment to balance the budget, protect the un-born, constitutional conventions, or term limits would be as equally ignored. Senator De Mint knows this as well and therein lies the hypocrisy in this career politician. WE have seen the enemy and it is US, for WE have sent these traitors forward as our representatives. Think on this as a realization of personal responsibility and you’ll see we’re right. You and I are the term limit vote!

    Whether De Mint’s on-stage national appearance is to purposefully thin out Ron Paul’s base for the GOP neocons, we’ll probably never know. It would be just like the GOP to come out and claim that with a balanced budget “we don’t need to abolish the Fed”. Fits, doesn’t it?

  • Charleston Voice, I see DeMint as someone who is trying to make things happen. I don’t think he has anything to do with Ron Paul, or thinning out Paul’s base, and I say that because DeMint hasn’t endorsed anyone. I don’t see him as a traitor or a hypocrite. If you haven’t already, take a look at the legislation he has passed and has tried to pass.