I've always opposed the idea of term limits. Basically, the idea is that if a politician sticks around too long, he or she may be corrupted, so we will not allow that person to run again for office after a certain number of terms. Of course, this means that good politicians could be forced out with the bad. It also violates the idea of a democracy: you can't vote for whom you wish to vote. Personally, I've thought that term limits are an awful idea because they're trying to deal with a symptom of our problems rather than do the right thing and fix the actual damned problem.
- ... the apparent Republican attempt to disenfranchise minority voters in Florida
- ... and the Ohio Republican Election chief allegedly trying to disenfranchise poor and minority voters
- ... and the Democratic dirty tricks to keep Ralph Nader off of the ballot
- ... and the fact that neither party has pushed for needed reforms to our election laws
- ... and both parties have been quite happy to not challenge ballot access laws that keep third parties off of the ballots
... I've decided that it's time to rethink my position on term limits.
Let's institute term limits for political parties.