Why The U.S. Congress And The Supreme Court Should Have Term Limits

Why The U.S. Congress And The Supreme Court Should Have Term Limits

Why on Earth are there not term limits for Congress or the Supreme Court, yet there is for the Presidency and state governors?

As far as the Court goes, after a certain age you do not get sharper as you get older. The exact opposite happens. Your brain starts to deteriorate just like any other part of the body. Appointed for life?! What kind of crap is that? At least have a manditory retirement age. Most people want to retire before they get too old. However, give them a cushy job with enough money, benefits, and power, and look what happens. You call that justice? The average age of a U.S. Citizen is about 38. The average age of our Judges is over 66. A lot of people retire in their mid-60s. How does an average of 66 represent the average American?

Regarding Congress, I get it, States. You like your Senator or Representative. Why do you think FDR was in office into his fourth term before they changed the rules?  Unfortunately you risk creating the same problems keeping that person in office as you do a President or a state Governor. Their power grows. That is not how it is supposed to work in our system of government. What ends up happening is this creates a culture of power brokers in Congress that stagnate legislation and often do not represent the country fairly. This country needs good leadership for the people and proper representation, not a stifling leadership in Congress creating an ineffective government. The weird thing is that the power structure in Congress has devolved into a cult of personality and media magnets that actually share just as much dislike and hatred as they do popularity among the voters. That is not good leadership. A good leader is admired and respected by a large majority of voters, regardless of policy differences.

Everyone voted into government or those appointed into high level positions should have an 8-year term limit. If you want a lifelong career in politics, start at the bottom and work your way up. Get on your city council, get elected as mayor, represent your state congress, become your state governor, be a U.S. Representative and Senator, be appointed to the President’s Executive Cabinet, win the Presidency. Those positions alone would provide 32 to 64 years of employment. There are a lot of opportunities to be a public servant, always be testing and proving yourself, and not turn into a self-serving burden to the system. Instead what we are seeing is a group of senior leaders out of touch with the moderate consciousness of the average American, creating division within the populace, and hurting the country more than they are serving it.