The Poison of Career Politicians
by Rense Johnson, Chairman
Citizens for Term Limits … for a fresh Congress!
October 8, 2008
The damage inflicted over the years by the career politicians who have taken over our nation’s Congress are deep-seated and self-perpetuating, just like the careerists themselves.
These are the folks who, once elected, plan to stay in Congress for the rest of their lives, insulated and isolated from the people who sent them there, the very people they purport to represent — the American voters.
These careerists set their own pay, perks and pensions, as they are bought off with lobbyists bearing arm loads of cash. What is worse, they have legalized their own bribery.
Of all the reforms the freshmen wanted to bring to Washington, I believed setting term limits was by far the most important. Nothing would change the culture, and policies, more than replacing career politicians with citizen legislators. A political careerism more than anything else had separated Washington from the people. Careerism perpetuated big government and was a constant corrupting force in the system. — Oklahoma’s Sen. Tom Coburn in his book Breach of Trust
A constitutional amendment limiting congressional terms would bring forth an entirely different brand of public servant — the kind who goes to Washington to serve instead of being served. This would bring about a Congress where leadership is chosen by merit instead of seniority.
“One thing our founding fathers could not foresee…was a nation governed by professional politicians who had a vested interest in getting reelected. They probably envisioned a fellow serving a couple of hitches and then looking…forward to getting back to the farm.”—Ronald Reagan (1973)
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