Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Term Limits - But That's Unconstitutional

At the townhall Senator Specter was asked to vote for term limits. He sluffed it off saying that the people can subject him to term limits by voting him out, but the usual response to this is that they are unconstitutional. Government takeover of industry is good but term limits are bad. Here are a few things that were unconstitutional until we amended the Constitution to include them.

Amendment XVI - Federal income tax
Amendement XXII - Term limits for the President

I find it interesting that they can amend the constitution to take a third of my paycheck, and they can amend the consititution to limit the term of the president, but limiting their own terms is so sacred that no constitutional amendment could even be considered.

We also have issues that are covered under the Constitution that are ignored. We've been acting as if the 10th amendment was repealed without ever voting to do so. The Legislative and Judicial branches just pretend it doesn't exist. The 10th amendment has very simple wording, perfectly clear and uncomplicated, but we can't seem to understand it.

Amendment X - The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

If we are going to follow the Constitution, as I absolutely believe we should, then we must follow it all and not pick and choose what we will follow and what we will ignore. By picking and choosing we compromise the document as a whole and that is something we cannot afford to happen.

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