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It is time for citizen legislators, term limits

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I receive a lot of emails from North Country readers and even a few from folks around the country who find the column online. They respond to my editorials with their own thoughts and opinions. Most are worried about and frustrated with the direction of our government and the self-serving attitude of many of our elected officials.

Some of them wonder what we can do to change the direction of the country.

They wonder how we can rid ourselves of the special interests and lobbyists who have such influence over those we send to govern.

How can we return control to the people?

Well, here is something we can do in this election cycle: ask those running for congressional offices to go on the record in support of a constitutional amendment mandating term limits.

If they are genuinely interested in changing Washington, D.C., they should have not hesitate to pledge their support.

Until we return to citizen legislators, we will have a government controlled by career politicians.

Career politicians were responsible for voting themselves raises, health and retirement benefits and other perks fair above those afforded the average citizen.

Despite the fact that 23 states have passed legislation calling for term limits, the Supreme Court ruled in 1995 that state-enacted term limits on those representing their state in Washington were unconstitutional.

An organization called U.S. Term Limits (USTL), is leading the national movement to limit terms for elected officials.

The U.S. Term Limits Amendment Pledge has been provided to every announced candidate for federal office. It reads: “I pledge that as a member of Congress I will cosponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits Amendment of three (3) House terms and two (2) Senate terms and no longer limit.”

A written copy of the pledge for candidates to sign can be found at ustermlimitsamendment.org.

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs.com

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