I have long been an opponent of term limits but now I believe them to be the saving grace for our Republic.
We have an issue with voter apathy in our great nation. It causes the Republic to fail at all levels of government and has created our political elite class of career politicians.
So we can do nothing and watch the Republic continue to fall and eventually collapse on itself. Or we can institute mandatory voter registration and participation statues. This makes sure everyone votes but the quality of those votes may slip drastically. As it has in other nations that currently have such legislation.
That leaves us with the only option of mandating term limits on all branches of government at all levels of government.
In my home state we have a governor currently in the middle of his sixth term. He is now the longest serving governor in the United States. Although he did have a period between terms, it is still a very long time. 22 years thus far being governor. He might as well be a King. My mother before her death back in 2007 called him “governor for life”.
Likewise our senior US Senator has been in office since 1981. He too is on his sixth term in office at 35 straight years.
These are just my own local examples. I’m sure they can be found in every state of our Republic. We need to end this political elite class and bring “We the People” back to government. Term limits sound like the best answer.
Based on the term limits for President found in 22nd Amendment. We can expand these by legislation to other branches of government and their offices.
For those executive powers, they should be limited to 2 terms. Generally 8 years for most governors. As this is the limit already in place for the President.
Senators, likewise, should be limited to 2 terms. At the national level that is 12 years in office as they have a 6 year term. States should also limit their own in a similar manner.
Members of the House get a bonus on the number of terms, since they have a 2 year term of office. Give them 5 terms, which is 10 years. About the average between other office holders already mentioned.
Lastly we have the black robed tyrants. The judges. This branch is not elected but appointed by those we elect. As appropriate in a Republic. But they have a life-time appointment to the bench. I am not against the life-time appointment of judges. But I think “We the People” need a bit of a stronger voice when it comes to who is sitting on the benches.
Many states already have some kind of a judicial retention vote. This should be adopted by all states at the state level and also adopted at the federal level. Thus all courts from the smallest county magistrate to the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court will face a retention vote.
Taking the play from my own state’s play book for the retention process. Every judge will come up for retention after their 1st year on the bench after they have been appointed. And then every 6th year from their appointment. This will enable “We the People” to have a bit stronger voice in the checks and balances of our Republic and government. And will bring about the end of the political elites.