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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  Bob Webster
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Date:  March 22, 2008
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Term Limits the Easy Way
How to clean up the mess in Washington - next year!

We don't need a constitutional amendment to limit congressional terms. We only need the will for change -- something that seems attractive to voters this year -- and the willingness to do our part regardless of party loyalties and old habits.

I've been giving some thought to starting a movement, "Dump Them All," to rid ourselves of the stench of political incompetence and corruption that permeates Washington, D.C. I almost purchased a domain name, dumpthemall.org to promote the idea online. Then it occurred to me that that domain name might be confused with a drive to oppose the construction of a mall ("Dump The Mall"). Nevertheless, the idea of campaigning to rid our nation of ALL incumbents nags at me and I'm still giving thought to an online campaign.

There has been much debate and discussion about the notion of term limits. Some claim we need people with experience to govern in Washington. Experience has taught us that such claims are laughable on their face. We need good people with the intelligence to approach governing from a constitutional basis and, in each case, do the right thing for our nation. The claim has been made that such limitations would prevent good people from staying in office. That's nonsense. As if there weren't enough good people to go around. Such claims feed into the mindset of personal eminence that has created the morass in which our nation drowns. It's time we sent people to Washington whose only interest is to serve their country. For too long we've elected and re-elected people whose primary objective is to serve their own interests. If this were not true, lobbyists would have no power to "persuade" today's politicians.

However, the point to be made is that we do not need a constitutional amendment to put good people in office who are not devoted to serving their own interests (primarily, getting re-elected). We need to start the revolution with our own change in action by voting against all incumbents, regardless of party affiliation. What better way to get partisan politics out of the way of good government than by ignoring party when voting if that is what is necessary to replace an incumbent?

Perhaps nobody has made the case for voting out ALL incumbents as clearly as has Charley Reese. Here is how Mr. Reese puts clarity to this issue:

Well said!

Now, are you going to do your part? Or are you going to vote to put the same people who created the mess in this country back in Washington?

Anyone who votes for an incumbent need only look into a mirror to see where the root of our nation's problems are.

I'd be interested to know your thoughts about this idea. Email bwebsterATwebcommentary.com (replace "AT" with "@").

Bob Webster
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Biography - Bob Webster

Bob Webster, a descendant of Daniel Webster's father and early American patriot, Ebenezer Webster, has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for every high school student so they can understand the dangers of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.

A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.


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