This is the reason that the 10 FACT articles were generated. Each touches on a topic or concern that commonly arises when the subject of Term Limits is broached. But, these 10 are the most common, not the only,issues, and each gives an overview of the topic, not necessarily all the details.
Recently a person sent the compilation of game plan/amendment/fact articles to a friend to look over, who works in the legal field. Her friend happened to fall in the realm of the 25% who do NOT support term limits and she did her best to tear apart the justification for Term Limits and our efforts here as well.
Well, when someone hands you lemons, make lemonade… LOL
As I began writing this response, it soon became obvious that it is going to be far too lengthy for a single post. What I am going to do is break it down into a few posts that I will title “FACTS TO CONSIDER- #X.”
I realize that reading articles is not many people’s preference, but I ask each of you, who intend to be involved when we hit the streets, to take the time.
Your education on the topic will determine how successful you will be in getting signatures and in turn, how successful this movement will be.
FACTS TO CONSIDER #1
When we discuss the irresponsibility of voters and party support during elections, we are focusing on the relationship of the two in regards to the inability to get an incumbent out of congress.
Of the two out of three eligible voters who bother to vote,the majority confess to voting based on name recognition, party lines, and media exposure prior to an election. Let’s look at how that relates to the party’s support helping an incumbent stay in office.
Name recognition. If a person is already in office, he/she is pretty much guaranteed to receive the votes of those casting their ballets based on name recognition.
Party line. If a party decides to support an incumbent, the incumbent’s name will be on the ballot under that party. The incumbent will receive the votes of those casting their ballets based on party lines.
Media Exposure. Media exposure is incredibly expensive. If an incumbent is wealthy, he/she will buy media exposure. If a party supports the incumbent, the party will request that their supporters donate to the incumbent. If a party supports the incumbent and the incumbent has his/her own wealth, the incumbent will receive the votes of those casting their ballets based on media exposure prior to an election.
Look at the above. The incumbent just won the re-election due to the irresponsibility of the majority of voters and the support of his/her party, regardless of his/her performance while in congress.
When discussing the topic of Imposing Term Limits for the US Congress, it is very important to understand why Voting does not work to remove an incumbent from the US Congress.
FACTS TO CONSIDER #2
Obviously when we are talking about Term Limits on the US Congress, the intent is to stop politicians from making Congress a career. We talk about career politicians being corrupted over time, but often that is taken as an opinion rather than a substantiated fact.
One of the three paramount concerns for career politicians in Congress is the disconnect from society.
What were you doing 20 years ago? How about 30 years ago? Take a second to really think about it. Are you the same person now that you were then?
The odds are that you were a very different person 30 years ago. What your priorities were; what seemed important then; how you viewed others and yourself; and your basic attitude towards life and those around you has probably changed a great deal. We are shaped by our environment and by those with whom we interact.
Here’s an example. Imagine that beginning 30 years ago, every day at least 10 or more people told you that you were ugly. This happened EVERY SINGLE DAY! Regardless of how strong your self-esteem was originally, you would eventually begin believing that you were ugly. It is basic behavioral psychology. Your beliefs and self-image are molded by repetitious and consistent input over a prolonged period.
What does that mean to a person in Congress. Consider the life style. When entering Congress you become one of agroup of 535 people determining the laws and decisions governing the most powerful country in the world and often influencing other countries throughout the world.
Immediately you find yourself being courted and bowed down to by the wealthiest and most powerful companies, industries, and organizations throughout the country. Every want or need is catered to in the blink of an eye in hopes of garnering your favor. Everyone is looking up to you, telling you with their words and their actions that you are different. You are special. You are above those around you.
The longer you are exposed to such an environment, the more you are molded. The more you change and begin to believe that you are better than others. The more you begin to believe that you are entitled to the treatment that you are receiving and that you are entitled to others complying with your wishes. It is not possible to remain in such an unusual environment for over a generation without being molded by the repetitious attitude and actions of those around you.
This is the development of an elitist or aristocratic persona. This is not a subjective opinion. It is not a dramatization. It is simple behavioral psychology.