Midterm elections are right around the corner, and hundreds — literally, hundreds — of Congressmen and women will seek reelection in the coming months.
Most of them will win.
According to a 2016 Rasmussen report, 97 percent of incumbents seeking reelection won their seat that year. Historically, incumbents enjoy at 94 percent success rate in elections after World War II.
It’s human nature to vote for a familiar face, but what happens when a House member has won 5, 8, or 10 elections in a row? At that point, they’re probably in the pocket of a special interest, they can’t imagine living without the perks of federal office, and they spend the majority of their time working to get reelected rather than working to serve their constituents.That’s why we need a term limits amendment to the Constitution, and the best way to get that amendment is via a Convention of States.
Congress will never vote to term limit themselves. It’s up to the states and the people to call the first-ever Article V Convention of States to mandate term limits for federal officials, impose fiscal restraints, and limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.
The Founders didn’t want federal politicians to make a career out of their time in office — that’s why George Washington retired when he did. Only with a term limits amendment can we restore the vision of citizen-legislators, men and women who have experience in the real world and plan to soon go back to it.
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