If you pay attention, you’ll see career politicians subtly reveal that – despite their words — they don’t REALLY believe that “elections are term limits.” Take fundraising for example. If incumbents really believed that elections were a fair process to decide who holds power, they would refuse to accept any special interest and PAC money that isn’t also offered to their opponents.
In opposing term limits, they’ll often say “don’t like me? just vote me out.” But they know better. They scheme to gain advantages which ensure the process of “voting them out” is not possible.
Could anyone else rig a system so shamelessly and get away with it? Imagine the NFL announcing that the Patriots were allowed to start every drive from their opponent’s five-yard line. Would anyone consider the Pats’ victories legitimate? And if we wouldn’t tolerate it in a sport, why do we let it slide in government?
And then there’s free media. When one gets elected to office, suddenly he or she is on TV every week getting free publicity. Surely these people realize they hadn’t been on TV before getting elected. And they must realize that their opponents – those lowly citizens – aren’t given the same opportunity.
Yet, these disingenuous hack politicians continue to pretend the process is fair, that the deck isn’t stacked against outsiders and that term limits aren’t needed to counter the power of incumbency.
Their phony attitude should sicken every American.