Wouldn't it be nice... ?
by Rense Johnson, Chairman, Citizens for Term Limits
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Congress where service was based on perception of duty to nation and neighbors and everyone in Congress had made the pilgrimage to Washington to serve their country and their neighbors instead of themselves?
Wouldn’t it be nice if even those with opposing philosophical views used as a starting point the best interests of the country?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Congress to which a national defense establishment was more important than the old boy network of mutual back scratching to bring home pork at the expense of perhaps dozens of traded votes to others?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had politicians who didn’t need focus groups to determine right from wrong?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had politicians who heeded principle instead of polls?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Congress which paid more attention to working out the details of legislation to be sure it was in accordance with the Constitution and for the best interests of the country instead of a way to buy our votes with our own money?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Congress where all members insisted on reading and understanding each and every piece of legislation before voting on it?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Congress who used staff to help members form judgments and objective opinions instead of permitting staff to do the members’ work for them?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Congress which rode herd on the bureaucracy to keep it from growing out of control and expanding year after year, intruding itself into the lives of citizens everywhere?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Congress which pursued the goal of national solvency with the same zeal as it does its own pay, perks and pensions, posturing, pork and personal power?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Congress where leadership was based on ability rather than seniority?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Congress where leaders were selected for personal integrity and ability to distinguish right from wrong, desirable from undesirable, fact from fabrication, honor from infamy; to distinguish dignity from debasement, decency from dishonor, virtue from villainy — and where members themselves valued these distinctions?
It wouldn’t just be nice, it would be fabulous! Pipe dream? Not at all!
These questions relate to the kind of Congress the Framers envisioned — and the kind we had at one time — until our country fell victim of what can be called “Liberal Elitism.” Liberal Elitism is that horrible disease consuming our country — the godless, socialist-communist mentality which has as its goal control over our very lives (assuming its goals aren’t even worse: betrayal of our nation). Our country, our institutions and our government have been stolen from us by Liberal Elitists. They are the disease. They are the termites eating away at our culture and our country. And a primary location of the most ugly symptoms of this disease is Washington, DC.
Our nation was founded two hundred plus years ago by a few dozen giants: godly men of intellect, courage, vision and dedication, men who for all their differences had one thing in common — a desire to serve what they perceived to be the best interests of their new country. That one attitude of service — if we but had it today — would put us light years ahead of where we are now.
Giants are pretty hard to find in public life these days. Yet in a nation of 280 million people there are giants aplenty. It’s just that most are reluctant to come forward to offer themselves up for public service in the circus atmosphere that prevails in our seats of government in these times.
There is an answer for all this. Congressional leaders fear that answer. Liberal Elitists dread it. Conservative leaders ignore it, as do most conservative writers. That answer is Term Limitation. Congressional term limits will remove that reluctance to participate on the part of the giants we have today, and we will once again have the benefit of our best people to attack our problems and solve them with God’s help.
What congressional leaders fear, Liberal Elitists dread and conservatives ignore, the American people clamor for. Why did third party candidates attract so much attention? Because the American people are looking for outside help in dealing with Liberal Elitism, and they are not finding it with the mainstream parties.
Americans want their country back. The people are way ahead of the curve on this most vital issue. They have supported term limitation with overwhelming margins for years.
All this is very attainable. Not easy, but attainable. It will require members of Congress to vote for a constitutional amendment limiting their own terms. Impossible, you say? Not at all. It’s already been done. The pattern is out there, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where members of the Louisiana Legislature voted to limit their own terms—and by huge margins—making Louisiana the only non-initiative state in the country to thus amend its constitution. Yes, Louisiana! The electorate ratified the amendment overwhelmingly.
Wouldn’t it be nice if this should come about?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were to get congressional term limitation in our U. S. Constitution?
It can happen, but not without God’s help. (See 2nd Chronicles 7:14) Yet it can come about if we will but seek His help and be obedient to His will. We should remind ourselves daily of the enormity of God’s gifts to us in this land. Years ago Winston Churchill said:
“We must recognize that we have a great treasure to guard; that the inheritance in our possession represents the prolonged achievement of the centuries; that there is not one of our simple uncounted rights today for which better men than we are have not died on the scaffold or the battlefield … ”
Even so with us today. There is a very large element of stewardship here. As a people, we have done a poor job of preserving for those who follow us what has been handed down to us across the centuries as a result of God’s providence (on both sides of the Atlantic) and if we do not improve dramatically — then history will deal with us harshly for having dissipated our children’s inheritance while it was in our possession.
It is time for us to rid ourselves of Liberal Elitism, that virulent plague which infests our country. We will have our children to answer to if we do not.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if TOGETHER, Americans could bring all this about?
All it takes is leadership. And work.
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