I know, we only find 27 amendments to our Constitution, a tribute to the foresight and wisdom of our founding fathers. I think we need a 28th, however. You see, I think government has gotten out of hand, and I see no inclination by those in power to reign it in. Yup. We need a 28th amendment on term limits.
Our founding fathers evolved into statesmen from a variety of occupations: They worked as farmers, soldiers, shop keepers, journalists. They served under penalty of death at the hands of the British, not for a lifetime stipend beyond the imaginations of the citizens, but for their love of country. Their labor was a sacrifice of time, money, and in some cases, life itself.
Fast forward 200 years and we now see men and women who consider themselves career politicians with the bank rolls to prove it. I mean no disrespect. I merely state the obvious. The best get the same pay and benefits as the worst scoundrels, and have you taken the time to count how many voted against their last pay hike?
I wonder how many would covet the office if they had to turn in expense receipts for reimbursement and served at the same wage we citizens earn as a standing jurist, $6 a day. That’s right. If the expenses were met for airfare and staples, but their only compensation was $6 a day, whose love of country would flame so passionately that he/she would serve at a sacrifice for the good of the country?
Of course, I can’t prevent money flowing under the table. Evil will seek its own. But I can lessen the damage done by giving each one less time and a better reason to serve. Our two-party system may be so fatally flawed that not even a Constitutional amendment can fix it…but we owe it to our children to try.
I was honored with the opportunity to meet Vice President Pence, Josh Hawley, and Roy Blunt when they flew into Kansas City last week. I long admired our Vice President, and he was just what I expected. Integrity gleamed from his eyes. I loved meeting Josh Hawley. His shy smile and honest eyes won my vote. I already knew Senator Blunt, and I appreciated seeing him as well. Why do I bring this up? Do you know what goes into a visit like this?
Airplanes the size of Nebraska (just kidding) fly in their armored cars. Oceans of suits with ear buds scan the perimeter. It’s a pretty big deal, and I realized how BIG our government has grown to require such measures. We were but one stop…I can’t fathom what it costs to ferry around all these candidates spouting the same rhetoric we see on every commercial on TV. I know. It’s part of the process. I respect that…but not what a huge thing it’s become.
Will a 28th Amendment solve every problem? No, I freely admit it won’t. But would it be a reasonable first step? Yes, I believe it would be. I firmly support term limits. I’d love to see a few million people agree with me.