Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Political Party Pooping: Congressional Term Limits, Anyone?

Congressional term limits are a hot topic lately, and I've listened to the many pros and cons on the subject. Lord knows we could use some new blood, perhaps someone who understands the role of a representative of the people (cough, cough). Right now, I'll take a new anything - new blood, new parties, new carpeting - new problems, even!

Examining the current line up, I yearn for a more citizen-like congress, as opposed to lawyers, elitists, movers and shakers who have taken root on Capital Hill - all while developing an ever worsening case of constituent amnesia. Those roots belong to a non-fruit bearing tree, in my humble opinion.

It seems like the more time spent in office, the more powerful the politician. Great news, if you are a true public servant and want to make change for the betterment of the people. By the way, I do believe we have a few, but I don't believe they are the majority. Sadly, most of the corrupt politicians eased into that sweet spot having learned the ropes and made the connections over many, many years. 

Then again, Biden has been in office for a long time and he still couldn't manage to make a simple phone call to Marty Walsh to congratulate him on winning the vote for Boston's mayor in 2013. He called the wrong person twice. He finally solved the dilemma by leaving a message on the phone of a chick named Toni. Close enough, you seasoned political tiger. It's not like we can kick you out now. Does anyone know what he can do really well?

Lobbyists have some of these guys bought and paid for, ready to perform like a moolah-stuffed marionette. If only their nose would grow when they dished out the whoppers. Maybe there wouldn't be so much time spent securing these relationships if the elected official wasn't hanging around for very long. Call it the Brevity Cure for political inefficiency.

On the flipside of this issue, the politicians who actually have the connections and experience to get things moving also usually have tenure. Brilliant as they might be, a brand new congressman will take a while to get up to speed, whatever that "speed" might be. Just how long might that take? Do you want someone sitting on the Hill who can't make anything happen for a year or two? That feels like we might not be represented at all.

In the end, my fear is that we might accidentally replace the career congressman with the hobbyist congressman. I feel that would be the equivalent of your friend who buys all the expensive yarn and the crochet hook but never finishes the sweater. 

Monarchy, anyone?


  1. Hi, Cherdo!

    As a man who thrice flunked Poli Sci, allow me to share these pearls of wisdom.

    It's not what you know. It's who you know.

    You gotta know how to play the game.

    There's nothing as all American as making a self serving deal in a smoke filled back room.

    That Kiss wannabe ain't gettin' my vote.
    Gimme the real thing - Gene Simmons for President!

    1. When I was a young whippersnapper, I dated a guy who dressed up like Gene Simmons in KISS. He had three other friends who dressed up as the other members of the group. He and his pals had painted a wall with flames as a backdrop, made costumes that were incredibly realistic and took pictures in various KISS-like poses. At the time, I thought it was weird, but every now and then I find one of the pictures and I still say, "Wow. I can't believe a bunch of high school guys did that."

      Hope hump day is more like a slippy slide to the weekend. Take care, Shady!

    2. I was a Kiss fanatic, too, and often dreamed of posing for pictures in a similar manner.

      In early January 1986, I took my production crew backstage at the USF Sun Dome to meet Kiss and interview drummer Eric Carr for our MTV style television station. It was so cool standing a couple of feet away from Stanley and Simmons and watching them apply their make-up before the show. We also met the opening act, Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P.

      I'M NOT WORTHY!!!

    3. Bwahahaha! Love the "Wayne's World" line!

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  3. I always feel so helpless when I get caught up in politics because no matter what I say, I can't do anything but vote. It's very frustrating, to be sure, but term limits ensure we still have at least a small amount of say. Of course, the bigwigs will always dominate politics because they have the connections to get enough funds together to run for office. Little people like us wouldn't even know where to begin!

    1. My feelings, exactly. It's too complicated for John Q. Public and we need a hero... I just wish I still had a touch of hope that our hero was out there somewhere.

  4. "All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy." - the great Alan Smith

    I think a great way to measure engagement is voter turnout. People are more likely to vote if they vote more often and when they believe their vote is going to make a difference. One of the best times to convince them of that is an open election, no incumbent involved. Congressional term limits would make that happen more often.

    1. You've convinced me; simply and aptly put, Squidbraham.


Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo