by Nicolas Tomboulides
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina became the tenth Senate co-sponsor of the U.S. Term Limits Amendment last week, but he wasn’t even the first from his own state. That honor belongs to Senator Tim Scott, who threw his support behind the bill in September. If passed and ratified, it would implement a three-term limit on House members and a two-term limit on members of the Senate.
Three of Graham’s primary challengers — State Sen. Lee Bright, Nancy Mace and Richard Cash — all signed the U.S. Term Limits candidate pledge to vote for and co-sponsor such an amendment if elected. This groundswell of support for term limits doesn’t just reflect well on candidates in the Palmetto State; it serves as a template for those in other states who are looking to return power back to the citizenry.
Former Senator Jim DeMint, a longtime voice for congressional term limits, is often credited with inspiring the movement in South Carolina. He backs term limits as a means of “reassuring Americans that we’re here to serve them and not ourselves.” While he has always been a leader on the issue, DeMint would be the first to say that term limits is primarily a citizen-run grassroots movement.
Washington, D.C. will never bring term limits to the people. The people will bring term limits to Washington. In the spirit of this goal, I encourage you to become an active participant in our congressional pledge program.
Here’s all you have to do:
1. Contact your Congressman, Senator and declared candidates for the federal offices which represent you.
2. Ask them to sign the U.S. Term Limits candidate pledge and mail it to us.
As we add more pledge signers to the congress, momentum will build for our amendment. The enthusiasm for term limits shown by candidates and voters in South Carolina can indeed be a model for the nation.