The argument against term limits for Congressmen and Senators is that it takes a term in congress to become thoroughly familiarized with Washington and gather enough seniority to gain power in committees. Some might hold that this is exactly the reason we need term limits. If everyone was limited to one term no one would have seniority.
Another argument against term limits has been that limiting congressmen and women to one term would force them to become lobbyists with more understanding of how things work than the newly elected representatives would have. That is another argument in favor of doing something about the power of lobbies. Of course, lobbyists have no power; it is the special interests who hire them who have power, power that they don’t want to relinquish.
Most arguments have proposed to limit the number of lobbyists, limit the funding of lobbyists or in some other way limit their influence. Some have argued, however, that the solution to lobbying it more lobbying to offset the lobbies influence
Over the last couple of months two men have made a powerful argument for term limits: John McCain (R) AZ and Bob Corker (R) TN. John McCain to his credit has always been unpredictable, as he says a maverick, but now with a brain tumor he stood up against the passage of the Unaffordable Care Act and held the deciding vote for its failure. His argument was not against the act, but against power politics. He urged Republicans to send the bill to committee where a bipartisan plan could be formulated.
John McCain has the same sort of highly malignant brain tumor that Ted Kennedy had, and the likelihood that he will stand for reelection is slim.
Bob Corker has announced that he does not plan to run for re-election, to retire. Consequently, he has been the little boy announcing that the emperor wears no clothes. He recently commented that the White House has become an adult day care center. “It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”
President Trump, attempting to gain control over Corker has encouraged him to run for re-election offering his support. Corker, so far, has not swayed in his resolution.
If there were term limits every politician could feel free to speak his or her mind. There would be no need to pander the base. The swamp would be drained. Politicians could go home to whatever career thay had before they were sent to Washington. Of course, business and special interests would still try to get someone who thinks like them elected, but we might have a congress that looks more like America.
The only thing standing in the way of term limits is Congress.
This was inspired by a comment made on another post about Washington effectively setting the term for president to four years because he was a reluctant president.