Michael Ramirez: We Call Them Elections 09-07-23
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Elections are term limits.—Michael
Term limits were in the Articles of Confederation in 1781. The belief of rotation in office was necessary to prevent corruption and detachment from your constituency. But James Madison and others argued against term limits. Madison believed it would lead to a dysfunctional government and that more frequent elections would ensure accountability and continuity and allow free choice. In Federalist 53, he explained why they were rejected in the Constitutional Convention of 1787:
"A few of the members of Congress will possess superior talents; will by frequent re-elections, become members of long standing; will be thoroughly masters of the public business, and perhaps not unwilling to avail themselves of those advantages. The greater the proportion of new members of Congress, and the less the information of the bulk of the members, the more apt they be to fall into the snares that may be laid before them."
Madison believed the American people should be able to pick the best and brightest, including those with experience and legislative expertise, to serve as long as the people wanted.
An informed constituency will regulate the legislature and impose its own term limits, age restrictions, and cognitive evaluations via the election process. Voters should arm themselves with all the necessary knowledge tools, including demanding government transparency, to select the best people to represent us.
—from Michael’s essay published on Sept. 3, 2023. Read the original HERE
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