Essay about U.S. Congressional Term Limits

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History tells us that America’s founding fathers set forth to create a government that represented its people, with separation of powers within the government, and an election process by which the people would have a voice in that government. Term limits can restore the voice of the people in Congress, by ending the era of the “career” politician, and stop the abuse of power. The word incumbent is a noun. The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as: 1) the holder of an office, or ecclesiastical benefice, or 2) one that occupies a particular position or place. They go on to give examples, such as, because the statehouse now determines voting districts, the current map generally ensures that incumbents face minimal
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However, the Legislative branch is the most powerful, and yet the Executive branch is the only one with a limit on how many terms can be served in a lifetime.

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Congress contains the House of Representatives and the Senate. Their job is to pass laws, set up and finance departments of government, regulate commerce and trade, ratify international treaties, to raise and support the country’s armed forces, and declaring war. The House has 435 members. The Senate has 100 members. The members are elected every 2 years. So, why are term limits needed if there are elections so often? One would think that frequent elections would serve the same purpose, and they used to, in the days when serving limited terms was self imposed, and not considered a right. Lee H. Hamilton writes that “Congress is the “First Branch” of the federal government, and that is it is set up to be the most connected and responsive to the needs, desires, and aspirations of the American People.” (Hamilton) Today it seems that Congress is an entity on its own, and the bills they vote on are to their benefit and not the American people. Andrew Jackson understood the importance of term limits, and once said “Every man who has been in office a few years believes he has a life estate in it, a vested right. It is a rotation in office that will perpetuate our liberty.” (Coyne) Even Alexander Hamilton was

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