The level of competence, integrity and dedication parties in our federal government has declined to such a low level there is a growing sentiment to throw them all out of office and replace them. Recent polls show a dismal approval rating (perhaps the lowest in history). Corruption, deceit, waste and examples of poor character abound in our government and it seems to get worse over time. The problem, I think, is that public service has gone from being an obligation for American citizens as it was when our nation was founded to becoming a lifelong career as it is today. Career politicians in an atmosphere of flattery and opulence and tempted by the bribes and gifts of special interests soon forget they represent the people. Once elected, because of the power of their office and what it will buy in terms of election campaign contributions, these politicians are not easily replaced.
If we wish to have representatives, senators, and presidents that truly represent the interests of the people, I believe it will be necessary to impose term limits. It’s argued that it takes longer than a single term to learn all the intricacies of public office. I will argue that by a second term, a politician is so contaminated and corrupted by the establishment structure and special interests in Washington that the connection to their constituents and to reality is essentially broken.
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