Don’t Risk Integrity of Constitution to Add Term Limits; Just Get out and Vote!

I just got a letter today from Philip Brumel of Lake Clarke Shores, Florida. Blumel runs U.S. Term Limits, a group that wants to amend the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. Blumel wants me to pledge to vote in the South Dakota Legislature for an Article V Convention to amend the Constitution:

U.S. Term Limits Legislator Pledge, screen cap, 2018.07.19.

U.S. Term Limits Legislator Pledge, screen cap, 2018.07.19.

Sorry, Mr. Blumel. No can do.

  1. We already have term limits; they’re called elections. If we need new elected officials, we need to get up and vote for them. Democracy works best when we make our decisions rather than surrendering our decisions to arbitrary rules.
  2. I have heard calls for an Article V Convention before. Those callers have yet to show me any problem that can’t be solved by other, less drastic means than opening up the Constitution to wholesale revision. The route to a better Congress is more voter participation, more press coverage of elections, and campaign finance reform, not Constitutional amendment.