At a time when the nation is so
divided on politics, there is one topic that seems to resonate with most
Americas, and that is the idea of term limits. Nearly 75% of all voters agree
that Congress should have sometime of term limits, “A new Rasmussen Reports
national telephone survey finds that 74% of Likely U.S. Voters favor
establishing term limits for all members of Congress.” As the Rasmussen report
shows, the idea of term limits is supported by a majority of Americans, and it
seems only the governing class disagrees with term limits.

The Declaration of Independences
states, “Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Without term limits, it is starting to seem that the leaders of government are
thinking they have a right to their power and forget the power of the
government comes from the voters. If we look at a recent Gallup poll from
September 2017, we see that Congress has an overall approval rating of 16
percent. The American people are obviously disgruntled with the work of
Congress and it shows in their approval rating. While the low approval rating
could be skewed since people usually have a favorable view of their
representative and think it is the other guys in Congress who are bad. But sadly,
this is not the case, these politicians are not listening to the needs and
wants of the America public and term limits would be a step in the right
direction to getting Congress to realize that they gain power from those who
are governed.

While term limits sound good in
principle, but would they create a more responsible and responsive government,
one that answers to the people. I believe that term limits will create a
responsible and responsive government. In an article on The Hill, we see REP.
MIKE GALLAGHER (R-WIS.) speak on why he thinks term limits are good, he recalls
on his time as a Marine and seeing how Men and Women on deployments would go
out and make great things happens. He states that he thinks that a term limit
is almost like a deployment, it should be short and sweet, but allow the new
faces and ideas of America come around. He mentions that without term limits,
we have only seen the “swamp” grow larger and deeper with each passing year.
There is no such thing as draining swamp, when the only solution is to destroy
the “swamp” with term limits.

Thomas Jefferson argued, politicians should lay
down their private endeavors for a season of service and then “return into the
mass of the people and become the governed instead of the governors.” Our Founding
Fathers understand that government could become bogged down, when you have politicians
making policy but not living the consequences then the government is no longer
for the people. We must find a way to correct the issue of life-long

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