Our founding fathers would be saddened to see the mess we have created. Washington, Jefferson and Adams warned of the dangers of the career politician and the detrimental impact on democracy.
I am particularly saddened to see that the FBI raided the office of Donald Trump’s attorney but never took aggressive actions for the protection of classified documents held in a closet server at Hillary Clinton’s home. Nor was the government concerned when the IRS impeded the rights of conservatives by preventing them access to the nonprofit status to raise money for political advocacy during the Obama re-election.
I fear Congress is broken beyond repair and politics have eroded our confidence in the Justice Department as well. Neither the FBI nor the DOJ has been immune from political positions. I suspect we will learn even more partisanship when the inspector general’s report is released this week. Hopefully it is released.
So how do we eliminate career politicians? I used to think that the election process was a natural flush. But with our biased media and social media, and with the Supreme Court allowing foreign companies to participate in political communications after the Citizens Untied ruling, that is no longer the case. Big money wins, we lose.It is time for a constitutional convention of the states to establish term limits on Congress. I like three terms for House members, two terms for senators and mandatory retirement of federal judges and justices at 70. Let’s get back to a government of the people, by the people.
Update on the COS Project: Since the Project launched in 2013, we’ve been spreading like wildfire. With over 3 million supporters nationwide, we have petition signers in every single state house district across America. We’re actively working in all fifty states to pass the Convention of States Application!
The above was written by Gregory Labelle and originally published in Lehigh Valley Live.
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