Here’s the Background Story:
The Founding Fathers took great care when crafting the Articles of Confederation, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. They applied the most valuable lessons history has to offer about the nature of the state and government. The restriction on the time an elected official could serve in office was a crucial part of these documents; terms have changed and increased since then. Are modern term limits strict enough, or should we tighten the reins?
Here Are the Contributing Factors:
Ancient Rome’s political system was complicated, but our government built upon those core principles. Strict term limits were essential to the Roman Republic. One could only hold a position for one year and could not run for the same role for 10 years. Their goal was to bring in fresh authority figures to prevent stagnation and corruption.
The Articles of Confederation barred anyone from being an official delegate over three years within any given six-year term. Influential minds argued that having no restrictions on term limits leads to oligarchy; it would threaten the very fabric of government.
Our current system still employs term limits; they’re much less restrictive than the early days of our nation. Presidents can only run a total of two four-year terms (with some extra nuance we won’t fully cover here.) The POTUS has an absolute limit to term lengths. The rest of the government? Not so much.
Vice-Presidents may have unlimited four-year terms. Likewise, House members have two-year terms and seats in the Senate are filled for six-year terms; one can run for the House and Senate as many times as they wish. Supreme Court justices stay in their seat until resignation or death.
This Is What Other People Think:
Poll: Should All Elected Officials Have Term Limits?
99% Voted Yes
1% Voted No
What Do You Think?
Freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness lie at the foundation of America’s origins. Do term-limits impede on personal liberty, or are they needed to prevent corruption? Your thoughts are important to us.
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