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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor August 01, 2014

7/10/2014 1:33:00 PM
Grass-roots effort needed to get term limits

Editor:

There is a movement going on right now to limit the amount of terms for Congress, using Article 5 to impose term limits on the U.S. Congress. We, the people, can do this! We do not need Congress' approval or involvement. Our forefathers, in their infinite wisdom, provided two options in the Constitution of the United States, for allowing the people to amend the Constitution without involving the Congress. Article 5 states this amendment to be presented by the state legislators (our state government). Following the presentation the amendment must be ratified (approved) by three-fourths of the states.

What this means to us is that we can start a grassroots effort to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting terms in the U.S. Congress and push the amendment at the state level with petitions until two-thirds of the states request that an Article 5 convention be called. When 34 States apply for the convention for the same topic, the Congress is required by Article 5 to call for the convention.

Once an amendment has been presented at the convention and agreed to by a majority of the states at the convention (over 25 states), then it is sent back to the states to be ratified. If 38 states then ratify the amendment, it becomes part of the Constitution, without needing Congress's approval.

No more lifetime careers in D.C. at the expense of the people they are supposed to be representing. When Congress was first established it was made up of farmers, businessmen and other ordinary citizens. And they were volunteers. No pay. They served their term and returned to their farms and businesses. Congress only met when it was needed. It was not and never supposed to be a full-time job. Think about it.

If the ones sent to D.C. to make laws have only two terms there and then are sent back home... back to the real world...how much different will they act? They will no longer have the option of spending years, a lifetime, with all the perks they enjoy (and exempting themselves from all the headaches they aim at the population.)

I predict a big change coming. When the politicians who have made a career of taking kickbacks, trading favors, using their political influence for money and prestige and living "above the law" are gone from D.C. it will be a grand day for the United States!

It's time we wrested control of our Congress from the corrupt who have made it their home for far too long.

Why would state legislators agree with this? If Congress is limited to two terms then those in the state government will have a better chance of getting their turn in D.C. So, they will want it too! Go to termlimits.org today. Read more about it. Then sign the petition! Please! Let's take back our country!



Debby Dillworth

Bridgeport





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