As a candidate, I have pledged the following:
“If elected, I will sponsor and work diligently to pass a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on U.S. representatives, U.S. senators, and federal judges.”
For the following reasons:
- Long-time incumbent politicians are near impossible to unseat, often guaranteeing their positions for life.
- They become, in effect, dictators serving their own needs rather than those of the people.
- Many incumbents go completely unchallenged, i.e., only one name appears on the ballot for their race because competition is discouraged.
- This severely undermines democracy, giving voters virtually no say in their government
- Long-term incumbents establish deep ties with lobbyists and therefore grant undue influence to special interests. This further diminishes the influence of everyday Americans.
- Long-term incumbents develop ties with mainstream media, giving both incumbents and media elitists more influence in elections. This also diminishes the influence of everyday voters.
- Imposing term limits will foster competition and representative government.
- Term limits are a reasonable and necessary restraint on government power.