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To Save America We Need Term Limits!
By Pamela Adams November 4, 2016
Many State Constitutions mirror most of what the Framers wrote. The Framers did provide term limits and they did not provide a word about having political parties. They did not give the Supreme Court the duty of interpreting what they so carefully framed into the foundation law set, ratified by the States, for our use in managing our government, comprised of people we give our consent to be governed by, for managing our country as the people express that it is to be managed.
Article I. Section 2. limits the amount of time each Member of the House of Representatives is to serve in these words: “Members shall be chosen every second year.” The word “Members” with an “s” is all inclusive. “shall be chosen every second year” means that every second year all new Members of the House of Representatives shall be chosen. Their use of the word “shall” is like etching their words in stone. Their are no options allowed and no other meaning than that given.
Article I. Section 3. limits the term for Senators to six years and establishes that each State shall have two Senators, chosen by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. Their term is limited to one, six years in length. “chosen by the People thereof for six years” no more.
Political parties are not mentioned by the Framers, thus, are not constitutional. Political organizations that conspire to shape our country according to the ideals held by members that develop into very powerful corporations having too much influence and financial power would never have been allowed by the Framers. They did mention having a two-party system.
A two-party system is one where two individuals that have differing ideas/opinions about a particular topic or topics work toghether to blend the characteristics upon which they agree and resolve, by negotiation, their differences on those on which they differ, or, discard them, in order to produce something that gives the People and the country the best of both views in a well thought out agreement.
There may be many that share the two opinions and there may not be. The most important thing the Framers demanded is that everyone work together and negotiate results that are good for the country and for the People. Taking sides sides based on one ideology or another and creating animosities between the sides that are devisive and separist by design, is not considered in the Framer’s plan for managing our country.
Politicians know that people like to take sides and they use that to play on their desire to be on the winning side in order to milk every dime out of them that can be squeezed from them so their guy/party will rein victorious. Politics is all about money and power. Money takes the first priority because those in possession of it also have power. You, perhaps, have heard the saying “Money talks and s–t walks.” If you haven’t got enough money to play with the big boys, get lost.
Money is the root of all evil!! Businesses have become far too big for their britches, so to speak. They have become too big and too powerful, to the point where their money, power and influence has become a threat to freedom and liberty the World over. Mom and Pop shops and other small and local businesses are what has made America great. Competition for the business of consumers has led to development of better products and services. “Build a better mouse trap and the World will beat a path to your door” is another old saying that applies.
I believe in Capitalism as long as it doesn’t run amok. We the People can control it with the power we have in our government. I believe in Constitutional Democracy, too, as long as it does not run amok.
We the People are the control mechanism that has the responsibilities for keeping Capitalism in check as well as keeping those in our government working within the specific confines of our Constitution, as it was crafted and has been legally amended (Article V., thereof).
Have your read: the Articles of the Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers lately, or ever? I highly suggest that you do. I also suggest that you actively pursue your civic duty of managing your country by insuring that only the best and most qualified persons are elected to govern as you ( as one of many) tell them they are to manage it during their one term in office. We each have the power to hold them to one term as we vote. We each have the responsibility for participating in local government and local organizations where we can encourage people in their civic responsibilities.
Be aware, be sure, be prepared, be ready, be American!
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To Save America We Need Term Limits!
By Pamela Adams November 4, 2016
Regardless of who you’re supporting this election, there is one area on which we can all agree – too many politicians that have spent their lives as politicians. Because of these career congressmen, the whole system has become infested with corruption, including those behind the scenes. To fix the political machine, we must address more than just the congressional cogs. We have to expose all of the inner workings of the entire engine.
From day one, the machine begins and pressure is coming from all sides. Lawmakers going to office with pure, patriotic motives and goals often find themselves quickly chained to the evils of politics as usual. They are quickly faced with the option of working with the establishment and making some difference or sticking to principles and fighting an uphill battle.
When a junior congressman arrives in Washington, they are like the scared little pimple-faced freshmen entering the enormous high school for the very first time. They have no friends or connections. They have no idea where their classrooms are. They’re not even sure where to go to get a cup of coffee. Many turn to a senior congressman, often from their own state.
Seasoned Congressmen, whether in the House or Senate, happily extend a hand of friendship to their new colleagues. Openly building a bridge of trust, many secretly are weaving a web of exploitation.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) invited Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) into the Gang of 8 immigration bill upon his arrival to DC. A Tea Party favorite, Rubio naively thought McCain was being sincere. Rubio honestly believed they wanted his input. He was convinced his presence in the committee would ensure Tea Party concerns were addressed. It never occurred to Rubio that the establishment was just using him for their own purposes. As a result, participation in the establishment bill may have actually cost Rubio the Republican primary this year.
Ousting powerful career politicians, such as Eric Cantor or John Boehner, removes the symptoms, but the disease goes merrily on. Despite the fact that congressman change, the staff and aides remain in Washington. Most of these employees are career congressional staff workers. As politicians come and go, congressional personnel continue on. They are permanent “beltway insiders”. So when fresh-faced boy scout Mr. Smith goes to Washington, not only is Sen. Paine watching his every move, so are all the staff members.
These career congressional staff employees are the glue that holds Washington’s inner workings together. They, like the senior congressmen, are happy to show the freshmen the ropes and become trusted confidants to the new lawmakers.
Seasoned politicians will often lend a staff member to a new freshman knowing that employee can be influential to the unsuspecting recipient. It is also a way for the senior congressman to get an ear into the office of the new lawmaker to discover their plans and focus. So not only have Tea Party congressmen had to fight their party’s elite, they have often been sabotaged from inside the staff.
Congressmen propose, argue and vote on thousands of pages of legislation, but rarely do they read or even write them themselves. They rely on their staff to read, research, dissect and understand the proposed bills, especially since so much is written in legalese. The staff then summarizes the bill and often suggests to the congressman how they should vote on the legislation. If the staff is not completely on board with the Congressman’s politics, or has an agenda of their own, then bad advice can easily be given.
When working on a bill, the congressman primarily directs the content. In reality, staff members actually write the legislation. Which is how we end up with 1000 page bills of pork, unrelated requirements, hidden agendas and special favors.
Many issues regarding congressmen and staff can be remedied with one amendment – single subject bills. Each piece of legislation should focus on one subject only. Pork is eliminated. Secret regulations and special favors are annihilated. Furthermore, not only can congressmen review the document beforehand, the bill can easily be read to the whole chamber prior to the Congressional vote.
Staff members want to keep their jobs just as much as congressmen do. They want to be rehired when their current boss leaves town. Because of this, many fall in line with the establishment leadership to stay in the party’s good graces. A good recommendation from senior congressmen can go a long way for future positions. However, this practice impedes any steps of change the American voters are taking.
Restraining Congressional power by enforcing term limits would help relieve the stronghold they have on staff. But there is more that can be done. With today’s technology, a virtual Congress would also reduce the death grip Washington has on the American people. Congressmen would be forced to find local staff members as opposed to grabbing from the congressional pool in DC. The power of the beltway insiders would disintegrate while the power of the people would flourish.
Regardless of who becomes president, they will not solve the problems of Washington. Until “We the People” educate ourselves and decide to become the solution, the corruption that permeates our capital will continue to control the nation.
The future of America is our responsibility. We know the problems. We have the solutions. The question is, do we still have the will to save the country, or have we become complacent? I guess we’ll find out starting November 9th.
But that’s just my 2 cents.
Pamela J. Adams maintains TheFactsPaper.com which includes her blog Liberating Letters. She is a stay-at-home mom who began researching history, science, religion, and current events to prepare for home schooling. She started Liberating Letters as short lessons for her daughter and publishes them for everyone’s benefit. Pamela has a Degree in Mathematics and was in the workforce for 20 years as a teacher, Marketing Director, Manager and Administrative Assistant. She has been researching her personal family history for over 24 years, publishing 3 books on her family’s genealogy. Follow her @PJA1791 & http://www.TheFactsPaper.com. You can find her books Here.
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