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Why didn't the founding fathers establish term limits for congress?
Actually, there was significant debate during the Constitutional Convention about instituting Congressional term limits, but it was not considered a priority because no one could envision career politicians. At that time, the pay was low, and the power of government was minimal, so the only reason someone would go through the trouble was to ultimately serve the nation, and it was thought that few would be willing to do it for long. Today, the government is so powerful, with so many opportunities for influence, financial opportunities, and corruption, it attracts the very worst sorts of people. Michelle Obama's salary, for example, tripled after the first year her husband became a Senator. (www.PatriotMusic.com)
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If term limits were set for congress then members with seniority would finish out their terms and new members would be voted in.
No. Members of the US Senate and House of Representatives have terms of office, a fixed number of years they may serve before standing for reelection, but no term limits. In o…ther words, they may be re-elected as many times as they and the voters choose. House members, referred to as Congressmen/women or Representatives, serve two-year terms and are up for reelection every two years, on even-numbered years. Senators serve six-year terms and elections to the Senate are staggered over even years so that only about one-third of the Senators are up for reelection every two years.
Answer . The term of office for a Congressman in the House of Representatives is two years. The term of office for a Senator in the Senate is six years. However, Congress h…as no term limits; A Representative may serve for as many consecutive or non consecutive two year terms as they manage to get elected for, and a Senator may serve for as many consecutive or non consecutive six year terms as they are appointed for.
One of the most important points is to understand that many people fled to America to escape persecution and religious wars in Europe. The Founders very much kept this in mind… while constructing the Constitution. They sought to prevent another series of massacres, religious wars, and feuds over papal control like the ones that dominated history from the beginning of the Early Middle Ages to the Thirty Years' War (roughly 700 years or so of death in the name of state-imposed religion and power struggles). Therefore, The Bill of Rights not only enforces guidelines for proper government behavior, it is a means for protecting minority rights from majority oppression, otherwise known as mob rule. For example, the First Amendment's Freedom of Religion is not only a freedom for one to worship as they choose, but it also protects their right not to worship at all, if that is their thing. So, the point being, there is to be no official religion that would relight nationalistic religious fever, and the witch hunts and chaos that often follows. The same applies for every other aspect of the Bill of Rights as well. I believed the Founding Fathers would have shuddered at the thought of having a government invade in a person's privacy and home without a justified reason for doing so (ahem, Patriot Act). Therefore, the minority's rights to liberty, in theory, should be protected from whatever majority is in charge of the government, or from the actual government itself.
Term limits can only be imposed on members of Congress (Senators and Representatives) by Constitutional amendment.
I am not sure if this is the official reason, but I suspect because the Constitution was drafted by members of the first and second Continental Congress. The Founders did not …foresee a day when these members would be exclusively government employees. They envisioned senators and congress people as folks with "real jobs", and would have to find other means to actually make money, which would have a dampening effect on their ability to participate, especially long-term. Now that we have full-time politicians, who get paid and voted in regardless of their actions, they will never leave. If it is left up to the Senators and Congress-people themselves, there never vote in term limits for themselves.
Congress consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Senators typically serve six year terms and State Representatives serve for 2 year terms. State Representativ…es can run every 2 years if they really wanted too, however; if they do a bad job at serving the people, or they just don't like him/her they can vote them out in 2 years. If people could vote for the same President every year, it wouldn't be a democracy anymore, it would be more like a dictatorship. Another Explanation: The President has term limits because Congress and the States ratified the Twenty-Second Amendment establishing a maximum of two terms in 1947. Prior to that, a President could serve as many times as he was elected. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected four times; his successor, Harry Truman, thought that gave the executive branch too much power and pushed for change. Congress has never attempted to amend the Constitution to establish term limits for themselves. In 1992, voters in the state of Arkansas passed a state constitutional amendment limiting their US Congressmen to three terms of office, but the Supreme Court declared the action unconstitutional and nullified the amendment (US Term Limits v. Thornton, (1995))
Because they were afraid their central government would get to strong and we would turn into England all over again.
of course there should be. to give others a chance and keep things fair. So if the economy is bad, the congress might have something to do with it.
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and John Jay. They were in France at the time. Washington didn't sign the constitution, but did validate it later.
Answer Nine members of the Constitutional Convention did not sign the document. Some left the Convention before it was over and some did not sign because they disagreed… with parts of the document. Here is a listing of some of the "Founding Fathers" who did not sign the document because they disagreed with parts of it or all of it. * Elbridge Gerry * George Mason * Edmund Randolph
In US Congress
Voters can set practical term limits on a US Senator or Congressman by voting him or her out of office in the general election. There is no way to pass a law or state constitu…tional amendment that imposes legal limits on their terms, however, because the US Supreme Court found that unconstitutional in US Term Limits Inc., v. Thornton, (1995).
Congressmen would no longer spend ALL of their time running for re-election. Also, when it comes to selecting members of commitees and chair-persons, there we no longer be a… bias towards the longer-serving members.
The Representatives of Congress are elected for a two- year term. However, there is no limit on how many times they can be elected.
This constitutional amendment was enacted following the four term presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, because of the fear that some President (such as Roosevelt, who died in …office, which was the only reason why he stopped at only 4 terms) might become so powerful and so entrenched in his office that he would effectively become a president for life, which would harm the democratic system and would create a danger of dictatorship.
It is my opinion that the indefinite times a Congressman can run for election is detrimental to the United States. Long term congressmen tend to take their reelection for gra…nted and long term incumbents are fertile ground for corruption. I believe its healthy for new people to become members of Congress.