02/05/13 Term Limits
There is an inherent danger to becoming a Washington, DC insider. Our nation’s capitol is the center of power. It attracts people who are drawn to this toxic tonic called power, which can be worse than a drug when abused. One may originally come to the District of Columbia with good intentions of making America better. However, over time, people give up their principles and ideals in order to stay in power and enjoy the corrupt fruits of that fleeting power.
I must tell you that no one is exempt—Republicans, Democrats, ministers, lobbyists, bureaucrats, media, U.S military generals, presidents, interns, and everyone inside the political scene are susceptible to this corruption.
An 18th century commentator Lord Acton correctly summarizes the siren call, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
A more modern day figure, Governor John Kasich of Ohio gave some advice to some young Republicans back in October on the campaign trail for Romney when he said that its not healthy to stay in government forever and know your limits.
Gov. Kasich highlighted this point when he spoke about his career as House Budget Committee Chairman and why he left for the private sector after years of working in Washington as a congressman in Ohio’s 12th District.
Given the toxicity of political power in Washington DC, I can think of no better amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America than term limits.