According to the latest Fox News Poll 78% of the voters favor term limiting congressional officials.
A Fox News poll released Friday found that 78 percent of voters favor establishing term limits for Congress. That’s nearly five times as many as oppose limiting the number of terms members can serve (16 percent).
Large majorities of Republicans (84 percent), Democrats (74 percent) and independents (74 percent) favor the idea.
The poll also shows 70 percent of voters disapprove of the job Congress is currently doing. That includes most Republicans (84 percent) as well as more than half of Democrats (54 percent), despite the fact that their party controls both houses of Congress. About one voter in five gives Congress a thumbs up (22 percent approve).
Moreover, 68 percent of voters are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today. That’s up a bit from 65 percent dissatisfied in June, and up significantly from 53 percent in April 2009. Still, it’s an improvement from the 79 percent who said they were unhappy with the way things were going the week before President Obama took office (January 13-14, 2009).
The poll also found that 32% of the voters are satisfied with the way things are going. That raises the question, if over 40% of the voters are not paying federal income tax, are those who are temporarily benefitting from the Socialist Liberal policies of our current elected government finally coming to terms with where the country is heading and the train wreck that is just around the corner? If so, the Democrats are in for a real bloodbath come November.
As has been the case all year, the new poll found Republicans are more interested than Democrats in the upcoming elections. Forty percent of Republicans say they are “extremely” interested — double the number of Democrats who feel the same way (19 percent).
An even larger number of voters — 51 percent — who identify with the Tea Party Movement are “extremely” interested.
That trend clearly favors the Republicans. With Election Day just two months away, by a 46-37 percent margin, more voters say they would back the Republican candidate in their district than the Democratic candidate if the election were held today. In mid-August, Republicans had a 7 percentage-point advantage on this generic ballot question (44-37 percent).
Though many Democrats are running away from their Socialist Liberal voting records in attempt to save themselves come November (judgement day), if the shift in public opinion continues in its current direction, some of those elected officials in perceived ‘safe seats’ may find themselves in a real battle for their political career.
And therein lies the problem. A political career should be term limited in order to protect the American Public and save our elected officials from the corruption of power that results when the people elect them over and over again.
It is a well-known factor in politics that power corrupts. The problem is that the power is entrenched with the career politicians who are allowed serve in the House and Senate for decades on end. Those career politicians become so entrenched in power that they are able to corrupt even the best of the newly elected, regardless of how well-intentioned they may be.
Junior members are forced into a ‘pay to play’ atmosphere where the power of the entrenched trumps the will and need of the people. This was most recently demonstrated during the health care mandate, where the needs of the country, the jobless and small business owners, were set aside for an entire year, while the career politicians (think Pelosi and Reid) concentrated their efforts, hidden away behind closed doors with the inclusion of only a hand selected few, on an economy killing health care mandate that the majority of the country did not want and that the majority of the Congress did have input much less have time to read it before they were forced to support it.
This may never have been allowed to happen in a term limited Congress where no elected officials would not have allowed to remain in office long enough to amass the necessary power in order to mandate law the behind closed doors, against the public will, without debate and without the input of the majority of the members.
There is no doubt that the actions recently taken by this Elitist few is the reason for the increase in public support for a term limited Congress. Our current Pelosi and Reid controlled government is a perfect example of why we need term limits.
With a large majority of the population now favor of term limits, the question becomes, how do we get elected officials to vote themselves out of a job, taking into consideration that 32% of our population do not hold public officials accountable for any of their misdeeds?
I believe the answer lies with the Tea Party mentality that public officials should not be supported simply because of party affiliation, but on the Libertarian principles of a smaller government whose elected officials represent the will of, and are held accountable to, those who have elected them.
The use of term limits would not only meet that goal, it also would assure a better pool of qualified candidates for higher offices at all levels of government. Basically, a person desiring a career in politics would most likely begin that career at the local level, then progress through state offices and eventually to Congress, having to move up, or out, at each level due to term limits. Hopefully, only the cream would rise to the top 🙂
Limiting a person to 2 terms in the house and two terms in the Senate would allow a person to serve a maximum of 16 years at federal level, providing they were successful in pleasing their constituents, and then they could either go home, go back to industry, or seek the higher office of the Presidency. They could not remain an encumbent politician amassing the powers of corruption for years on end.
As a career in the federal government is considered to be 20 years, only the best of the best candidates could complete a career, as (hopefully) only the best would go on to seek the higher offices of the Senate and of the Presidency, where they would be forced to compete with popular governors and rare individuals.
While term limits would not prevent underqualified persons being elected to the office of the Presidency, case in point the current resident at Pennsylvania Avenue, it would prevent the entrenchment in power of our elected officials and provide a lower threshold for the exposure and prevention of the corruption of power that currently permeates our federal government.
Maybe then we could have the elected government envisioned by our Founders. A government that does the bidding of its’ people in lieu of turning a deaf ear to them and ignoring their immediate needs, while bending to the will of special interest groups and assuring the continued wealth of the select Socialist Elite who help ‘keep’ them in power.