Without a crisis to engage the public, the career politician is less significant.
A vast majority of the time, Congress votes along exact party lines or very nearly along party lines.
Independent thought is squashed
The 2016 race for the Congressional seat in Illinois 13th district - David Gill ran as Independent.
The D and R candidates needed 740 signatures on their petitions. David Gill was required 10,754.
“Does an 11% Congressional approval rating but a 96.4% incumbent retention really reflect the will of the people?”
Those who make the rules win
Misinformation and divisiveness play right into the hands of the professional politician. They need the electorate divided and misinformed.
Today’s incumbent politician NEEDS the citizens of America very divided and afraid of the other side.
It’s the FAULT of them that we R divided
This takes away the career politicians’ need to divide us. Instead of needing to please the hierarchy of the political parties to secure their seat, they can actually try to unite the country
#WeThePeople should become BIPARTISAN revolutionaries-willing 2 get beyond all of this & 2take our country back from the ruling political class
1. Money and power can buy elections for incumbents. Incumbent politicians have little fear of being voted out.
2. Fair elections. Term-limited state legislatures have more contested elections than those without term limits.
3. Members of Congress will eventually have to live by the laws they pass.
4. Term limits restore the citizen legislature. No longer will occupying the same seat in Congress be a career choice or an accepted career path.
5. The legislature will reflect the look and the will of the people.
6. Seniority will no longer be the goal.
7. Term limits will guarantee turnover in our legislators.
8. Term limits will help limit corruption. By limiting the time in Congress, the individual representatives will not have decades to develop relationships with lobbyists and other special interest groups.
9. Complacency will no longer be rewarded. Today, doing nothing is a better way to ensure re-election than doing something.
10. All states will be on a level playing field. No one state could gain an advantage by having longer serving and thus more senior members of Congress.
11. Patronage would be lessened. Under the current system, a sitting politician can steer business to their friends, cronies, supporters or alma mater as long as they stay in office.
12. Institutions will no longer fear decades of retribution from professional politicians. With term limits, social services agencies and universities will no longer need to fear telling the truth to elected officials.
A divided citizenry is good 4 ratings.
The media NEEDS the electorate hungry 4 information to support their various political stances
Media Economics. Ratings = POWER
Currently, the media does NOT want #TermLimits b/c that is BAD 4 ratings
If the #TermLimitRevolution movement gains strength, the ratings-driven media may see that it is to their economic advantage to promote the Revolution.
1990’s Many states passed term limits on their federal representatives. Unfortunately, a Congressman challenged the law and it was struck down in 1995 by a 5-4 vote in a Supreme Court decision (US Term Limits V Thornton)
23 states had some sort of term limit law & all were invalidated by the Supreme Court decision
Now it will take an AMENDMENT to the Constitution of the United States to bring about term limits.
Politicians, lobbyists, and media campaigned against term limits.
Solace can be taken in the fact that 23 states acted unilaterally 2 institute term limits
Voters were willing to limit their own legislators’ terms in office
If the SC hadn’t blocked #TermLimits, enough Congressmen would have seen the writing on the wall & presented a TL amendment to be ratified by the states.
In the 90s, the Republican Party paid lip service to term limits in The Contract With America.
Dozens of Congressmen ran on a platform that included #TermLimits
However, once elected these R’s split between several different amendments, some for six years, some eight, some 12, and others 18 years. They were able to divide support and ensure none of the #TermLimits bills would pass.
The R politicians were able to go home having protected incumbent advantage while claiming to support #termlimits with a vote to prove it.
It was another political game where politicians feigned support to play us
The true reason that all efforts to pass #termlimits have failed to this point is a lack of leverage to get the amendment implemented.
So long as the electorate is a fractionated mob, the career politicians are safe.
One issue politics is where votes are based on one issue and one issue alone.
There is no allegiance to ANY party. The only concern is the one issue.
Back in 1918, NO PARTY had claimed Prohibition for their platform, therefore no one party owned it.
It was used by a SMALL GROUP OF ONLY 15% of the voters to get Prohibition passed.
To prevent this from ever happening again, our professional politicians divvied up the issues. Today, each party has taken a side in each of the hot button issues. This way, the power of the one issue voter has been stripped away.
Pro-choice : votes Democratic.
Pro-life = R
Pro-gun = R
Having a hard line stance on these issues allows politicians on both sides an established voter base.
What the two parties have done is split the issues so that no one issue can be used against them
This allowed the one issue politics of the Prohibitionists to be a major force in electing our officials. This small group that was made up of only 15% of the population accomplished this using diversity, unity, and commitment.
A major reason that one issue politics WILL work is that #TermLimits is NOT a POLITICAL issue, it is an issue of the STRUCTURE of our government.
Professional politicians need the voters split on political issues, it keeps them in office.
During the days before Prohibition, only 15% of the country supported the Prohibition Act. Only 15%!
The Prohibitionists threw aside all other issues and political affiliation.
They only voted for people who supported Prohibition.
The key to this was voting solely on this one issue. This same commitment coupled with diversity and unity can be used to easily enact term limits.
The implementation of term limits can only come through a TOTAL COMMITMENT to this cause
We must be united.
The career politicians will try to divide the people in this movement into smaller groups that they can pit against one another.
Our UNITY will defeat them
If the Democrats don’t want to vote for a conservative Republican and their leading candidate in the race doesn’t back term limits, then vote them out in the primary.
The same goes for the Republicans.
If your party’s nominee signs the pledge and the other party’s candidate won’t, then your person should win by a landslide.
Every election cycle, candidates are given the US TL pledge: “I pledge that as a member of Congress I will cosponsor & vote for the U.S. Term Limits amendment of three (3) House terms and two (2) Senate terms & no longer limit.”
Voters : sign the voter petition at TermLimits.com . Your name will be added to a list of signers in your districts. This list will be forwarded onto the respective representative’s offices. This way, the elected officials can see the list grow and grow.
Again, Politicians who have not taken the candidate pledge must be targeted for defeat.