The “drain the swamp” movement looks like it’s about to be taken to another level, and this time it’s not Donald Trump who is doing it. The topic is term limits, and the force behind the return of this issue is Ted Cruz.
Term limits was a hot topic a few election cycles ago, and then for some reason, the momentum died down along with the movement. Why did something that sounded like a great idea to millions of Americans just vanish off the radar screen? Could it be that a few hundred congressmen and senators saw their lavish lifestyles and power being stripped away, and went to work to derail the term limits movement? After all, who wants to go back to working for a living after serving in Congress? What a dreadful thought.
Now the issue is back, and it looks like Ted Cruz is heading up a move to amend the US Constitution to implement term limits on congressmen and senators. If Mr. Cruz was disliked by his colleagues before, he just made a whole bunch of new enemies.
Here’s where things stand: “Ted Cruz is stepping up to help President-elect Donald Trump drain the swamp in DC. This is something that Cruz meant to put forth even before the election. Cruz and Ron DeSantis of Florida, are proposing a Constitutional Amendment to term limit Senators and Representatives. Two terms for Senators and three terms for the House of Representatives. This is something that is desperately needed in DC to root out corrupt, lifetime politicos who no longer care about their constituents… just getting elected and getting rich. If this goes through, it will restore what the Founding Fathers intended and shake things up nicely.”
If this goes through, there are going to be some very miserable elected officials in DC. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. This whole idea of spending twenty or thirty years or more in Congress is precisely what fosters the corruption and cronyism that plagues DC politics. Lobbyists get cozy with powerful, long-tenured lawmakers, and the citizens of America wind up the losers.
Cruz and DeSantis explained, “’Passing term limits will demonstrate that Congress has actually heard the voice of the people,’ Cruz and DeSantis wrote. ‘We believe that the rise of political careerism in modern Washington is a drastic departure from what the founders intended of our federal governing bodies. To effectively “drain the swamp,” we believe it is past time to enact term limits for Congress.’”
Enacting this amendment to the constitution would be a major milestone on the road to returning the federal government to what our founders intended. It would break the cycle whereby legislators gain power, then attract the funding of lobbyists, then use that money to fund the next election campaign which then returns those legislators to office where the whole cycle repeats.
This is the method by which powerful interests wind up “owning” various lawmakers. Again, it’s the people of America who suffer from this corruption of the legislative process.
When it comes to draining the swamp, adoption of this proposed amendment would the political equivalent of a nuclear attack on the corruption and cronyism that infests the swamp in DC.
Source: Right Wing News