I got an email from something called U.S. Term Limits commending Utah’s new senator, Mike Lee, for signing on as co-sponsor to a proposed Constitutional Amendment limiting US Senators to two terms in office, and Representatives to three.
This means, I suppose, that he thinks Rob Bishop has been in office long enough and Sen. Hatch has overstayed his welcome by a massive amount.
People are fond of reminding Sen. Hatch that he ran for office originally saying his predecessor, Frank Moss, after three terms, had lost touch with his constituancy and needed to go home. “What do you call a senator who’s been in office 24 years? You call him home” was the campaign slogan, I believe.
By that measure Hatch, going now for his 7th term, should have been called home twice, and he’s so far in violation of Lee’s proposed amendment that I imagine Lee spits at Orrin when they meet in the hallways of Congress.
OK, maybe not.
It will be doubly interesting, presuming Lee is reelected in six years, to see if he, then, announces his own refusal to serve more. If he does not, and uses the lack of a constitutional amendment forcing him to as his excuse, we will have to assume his stance now is only so much posturing, just like Hatch’s was in 1976.
Because, really, your beliefs are what you do regardless, not what you do because you are forced to.
I couldn’t find a link to the specific press release they emailed me, so I will append the text here. It contains the relevant links:
U.S. Term Limits commends Senator Lee for Cosponsoring
Congressional Term Limits Constitutional Amendment
April 15, 2011, Fairfax, VA—U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel praised Senators Jim DeMint and Mike Lee introducing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would set term limits on members of Congress.
The Constitutional Amendment would allow members of the House of Representatives to serve a maximum of three terms of two years, and Senators would be limited to two terms of six years each.
“The waves of change that have hit Washington, DC over the past couple of election cycles would be meaningful if those who lead Congress and its committees weren’t standard political insiders with little connection remaining to those who they were elected to serve. Today, Senators DeMint and Lee have taken a bold step to change the culture of corruption and entitlement in our nation’s capitol,” Blumel said.
78 percent of Americans support congressional term limits according to a September 2010 FoxNews Public Opinion Dynamics poll of registered voters. Enjoying overwhelming bi-partisan support, 74 percent of Democrats polled favored term limits with 84 percent of Republicans indicating support.
The poll showed that support has jumped by 8 percent from the last nationwide poll conducted by the same firm in March 2009 poll registered that 70 percent of Americans supported congressional term limits.
“The myth that professional legislators are needed to deal with the complexity of government today is exposed by the $14.3 trillion national debt hole that has been created by the very professional politicians who make this argument. We can no longer afford career politicians who defer tough decisions to commissions and other non-elected bodies. Limiting terms will allow citizen legislators to come to Washington, DC, fix the problems and then go home to resume their lives, instead of becoming encamped in the cloistered world inside the DC Beltway,” Blumel concluded.
Passage of the Constitutional Amendment requires a two-thirds vote of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives followed by passage in 37 states. It is anticipated that a companion bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives.