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Senate candidate J.D. Vance calls for term limits: "We have a geriatric ruling class"

Published in Blog on July 08, 2021 by Convention Of States

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Americans of all political stripes have realized that we need term limits for members of the U.S. Congress. Some of our representatives have been in Washington for over three decades, which has allowed them to amass enormous power and influence over the direction of our country.

Author of the Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, and he explained why he supports term limits in an interview on Fox Business. 

"We definitely have to get better people in there," he said. "What we have right now is a geriatric ruling class in our business community and especially in our government community that doesn’t understand that companies have ultimately more powerful than the U.S. government."

"We saw after January 6th, a sitting, duly-elected President of the United States was kicked off of Twitter, kicked off of Facebook, and it’s like our congressmen had no idea what to do about this," he continued. "It’s because we’ve given these companies too much power and we need to get people inside our Congress who understand these companies and can actually fight back against them."

You might not agree with Vance on politics, and we're not endorsing his candidacy or his views. But he has a point: our members of Congress are allowed to make a career our of "public service." This practice allows them to get too comfortable in their seats and doesn't force them to stay on top of our nation's most pressing issues. 

Career politicians are a far cry from our Founders' vision of "citizen-statemen." These Swamp monsters use their powerful positions for personal gain, and they're incapable of making real contributions to society.

It's time for term limits, but Congress will never vote to limit itself. That's why we need to call the first-ever Article V Convention of States. A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments, including term limits.

A term limits amendment will end the scourge of career politicians, keep the "ruling class" from solidifying its position, and give We the People a bigger voice in Washington.

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