Author: Jay R. VanOrman
Our founding fathers did not think there would be a permanent political class in America. Nothing was written into the constitution to stop people from being elected to office until after FDR died. They thought people would serve in office for a time and then go back to their day jobs. But they also thought that there would be people other than lawyers running for office.
Sadly, no one has enough seed capital to run for state offices, let alone national offices, unless they have some serious cash set aside.
While many states have enacted term limits on elective office, has it actually made things better? Is California a shining example of term limits working? Seems they are crazier than ever to me. According to ballotpedia, 6 states have thrown away term limits already. But I doubt any of them did it for the reasons I am writing this article.
Why I am writing this piece is because I see a lot of people are in favor of using term limits as a tool to drain the swamp. I’d love to drain the swamp too. But I don’t want to drain one swamp only to find there is another swamp right underneath it. What I am going to do here, is show you why term limits only sounds nice, but won’t drain any swamp. Then I am going to show you a way out of this permanent mess. You probably won’t like it. It’s thinking way outside the box. But to me, thinking inside the box has got US exactly where we are today. All the best minds we have, only got us to where we have a Deep State doing its best to run the country outside of law and constitution.
Term limits would make it easier for the Deep State work its will. Most people probably think of the Deep State as those in the CIA, FBI, and the rest of the 17 intelligence agencies we have. I tend to add to them, the bureaucrats who actually run government. They, who are large and in charge, I call 6 figure cat herders. They may be in charge, but overall they are worse than useless to me. Their most outstanding trait is making life more difficult for everyone who has to follow the rules they make; that and going to meetings, lots and lots of meetings. Term limits will not affect them. If anything putting term limits in place will remove the people who may actually know how government operates, so these people will be left to guard the henhouse. You may know what happens when you leave a fox to guard the chickens, but do you know what happens when you let a weasel do the same job? Not a pretty sight is it? This is your government, run by weasels. That is my biggest fear of actually having term limits in place. There are others.
So what happens after term limits has been applied, and it’s time to elect someone new to office? There is no incumbent from either party. Who will be chosen to run? It is my assumption that the person chosen to run will be the person who is the most effective at fundraising, or who has a large amount of cash to jump start a political campaign. It seems like we are going to be getting more lawyers all over again. So now you have more lawyers, and a bureaucracy that no one has any idea on how to rein it in. I can’t be the only one who has a problem with this. My last point is that even if we get term limits, will you have a personal relationship with your representative? More important, will they know you?
This is why my solution to the current problems we face, is not to enact term limits, but to restore the same ratio of voting citizens as established after the US census of 1790 30,000 citizens per member of the House of Representatives
This is why my solution to the current problems we face, is not to enact term limits, but to restore the same ratio of voting citizens as established after the US census of 1790 30,000 citizens per member of the House of Representatives Page 3 of the following document shows the total US population was less than 4 million people.
This number includes everyone, not just while males of voting age. Current population of the United States according to the census bureau is 326,172,099, but it keeps scrolling up, so it will be somewhat higher when you read this. Diving this number by 30,000 gives us 10,872.4033 members of congress. This Act says we can’t do that. This Act is why there are 435 House members and not the 10,872 we should have.
Most people, when I tell them my idea, say congress would never get anything done. My rebuttal to this; what good is $20 trillion in debt and $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities? How good are they at performing their job of congressional oversight of the administration? I wish congress did their job better. But they haven’t. But having 10,872 people chasing after 6 figure cat herders seems better than what we have. We might even be able to have people other than lawyers in office.
For me, the added bonus is when I imagine lobbyists and those who bankroll campaigns expecting special favors, thinking of them trying to buy enough members of congress to get their will enacted. Now there would be some fine cat herding.
Author: Jay R. VanOrman
I earned a bachelor’s degree in English shortly before my 50th birthday. I have enough science credits, that if they gave them, I could have had a BS in English. I try to play well with others, but I aim to be a good man, not a nice man. I normally think outside the box. I’m a Navy veteran, and I do for a living what they once trained me to do.