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Donald Trump’s plan for his first 100 days in office includes plenty of terrible proposals, however one idea stands out from the rest—the need for congressional term limits.
The first point on Trump’s list of goals is to propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress. The proposal includes six-year term limits for representatives and twelve-year limits for senators.
Although this idea seems reasonable, Sen. Mitch McConnell said Congress will not hear the proposition at all. This leaves Trump with one rare option to get the amendment approved: a constitutional convention.
Seeing as how there has not been a constitutional convention since the 1700s, it is improbable Trump will be successful in achieving this particular goal—however, it is necessary he make an attempt.
According to a Americans support term limits. This fact is a testament to anti-career politician sentiment that propelled Trump all the way to the White House and simultaneously underlines the general feeling of insufficient political representation in America.
One of the most popular arguments against congressional term limits is they repress political experience. While Congressmen who have served longer obviously have more time in legislature, the absence of term limits means some politicians focus primarily on campaigning for re-election rather than actually taking actions that benefit their constituents.
According to The Herald Bulletin, Senate incumbents won 90 percent of their re-election bids this year. Incumbents have never won less than 79 percent of their bids in any of the past 15 elections.
The percentages of House of Representatives incumbents are even larger—they won 97 percent of their races this November and have won 90 percent or more of their re-election bids in every election since 1994, except for in 2010.
This is not necessarily because most of their constituents are satisfied with their service. Name recognition, voter apathy, party …