Why didn't the founding fathers establish term limits for congress?

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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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Has Congress lived up to the expectations of the founding fathers?

%DETAILS% I don't think so. The founders expected that the congress would be the dominant branch of government, formulating national policy. That was how it was for a long time. But today the congress just follows the lead of the president. They take his ideas and modify them, flesh them out with ne (MORE)

Why didn't the Founding Fathers initially form political parties?

%REPLIES%. Answer . Kelly,\nThey believed that parties, factions as they called them, would be bad for republican self government because people could become more loyal to their party than the country and more concerned for the party's power than the good of the common weal.\nMichael Montagne. (MORE)

What does the term 'Founding Fathers' really mean?

Founding Father . \nA "founding father" is someone who does something first or is an originator of a movement or organization or an institution. The Founding Fathers in United States history usually refer to the men who attended the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, May, 1787, and helped (MORE)

Did our founding fathers intend to establish a democracy in America?

That depends on exactly how you define the word. They certainly intended to create a government in which the people were the ultimate authority and which was answerable to their will. However, that was not what they would have meant by the word democracy. To them democracy meant a government on the (MORE)

Why didn't the founding fathers abolish slavery?

Answer . Most of them had slaves and were dependent on them.. Incorrect. Only 3 of the 7 founding fathers were slave owners. There were 7 founding fathers of the US Constitution : Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Jay, Madison, and Hamilton. 3 were slave owners (Washington, Jefferson, and (MORE)

Which two founding fathers did not sign the constitution and why didn't they sign it?

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 dis (MORE)

How did the Founding Fathers of the USA establish racism?

Answer . \nThe Founding Fathers (Delegates to the Philadelphia Convention) did not "establish" racism. Racism has been alive and well in the world since the dawn of time. What they did do is tacitly condone slavery by not writing it out of their new document. From a practical view, thy had no ch (MORE)

What are the term limits for each House of Congress?

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 has no term limits; A Representative may serve for as many consecutive or non consecutive two year terms as they manage to get (MORE)

Why didn't the founding fathers abolish slavery when the constitution was written?

They wanted to, but not unlike today. They suffered public pressure that was against it. Remember that they had just finished a war with Britain. They had to deal with the issue of unifying the country and not dividing it and weakening it. Having to make an amendment to abolish slavery would lead to (MORE)

How was congress established?

Congress is one of the fundamental branches of the US government as established and ordained by the US Constitution. The first US Congress was elected in 1787 and first met in 1788.

Why did the founding fathers write establish justice?

The constitution was a set of ethical codes that the foundingfathers wanted to create to protect the citizens, and the colonies.They wrote the laws not to establish justice, but as a way todefine what rights citizens in the country were entitled to .

How did your founding fathers limit executive powers of the government?

The Founders of America limited the executive powers of the federalgovernment in a number of ways. Among the more notable limitationsare the following: the combination of popular and electoralresponsibility in electing presidents; the limited tenure of eachpresident (as originally conceived for each (MORE)

What amendment established a two term limit?

The 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution set the termlimit for President to two consecutive terms. It had remained anunwritten rule until the Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Quotes from founding fathers regarding limited government?

[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. James Madison, speech in the House of Representatives, January 10, 1794 "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be don (MORE)

Who imposes term limits on 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 constitutional amendment that imposes legal limits on their terms, however, because the US Supreme Court found that unconstitutional (MORE)

Effects of term limits in the congress?

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.

Do members of congress have term limits?

No, members of Congress do not have term limits. A lot of debating has been done to introduce term limits in Congress but is paid no attention by the Supreme Court and Congress itself.

Why did the Founding Fathers divide the Congress into two chambers?

They wanted to make sure that people were being represented fairly and equally. That is why the membership of the US Senate is made of up two Senators from each state regardless of population/size and the US House of Representatives is made up of 435 members from different districts within a state b (MORE)

Why did the founding fathers establish the bill of rights?

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 papa (MORE)

Should there be term limits for congress?

List of Arguments in Favor of Term Limit: 1. Overwhelmingly, voters prefer term limits. (It's their native commonsense! [opinion not fact]) 2. Term limits downgrades seniority, favors meritocracy. 3. Increases competition, encourages new challengers. 4. Builds a 'citizen' Congress, drives (MORE)

Does Congress have term limits?

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 other words, they may be re-elected as many times as they and the voters choose. House members, referred to as Congressmen/ (MORE)

Why does the President have term limits but not Congress?

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 Representatives 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 (MORE)

Why did the founding fathers establish a system of checks and balances?

Since the Founding Fathers went to a lot of trouble to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical British colonial government, they did not want to wind up with their own home grown tyranny instead, so they put in various safeguards to protect against government corruption. There are 3 branches of gov (MORE)

Why did the founding fathers establish the way of life in the US?

America's founding fathers wanted a country that was prosperous, safe, and free. They did not want a king or emperor. They wanted (most of them, anyway) freedom from a government-sponsored religion as England and France had at that time. They wanted a system where the common people had some ability (MORE)

What amendment established US Presidential term limits?

The Twenty-Second Amendment (Section 1), ratified in 1951, limits the US President to two terms of office. Amendment 22, Section 1 No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than (MORE)

Which president established two-term limit precedent?

George Washington, our first President. Nobody tried for a third term until Franklin Roosevelt did it in 1940. Roosevelt was elected to a fourth term in 1944, but died the following year. The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibited anyone from being elected to the Presid (MORE)

Why do you think congress set a limit of two terms on the presidency?

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 th (MORE)

Who established precedence of 2 term limit?

Before 1951, there was no law limiting the number of terms a U.S. President may serve. However, no U.S. President ever sought a third term out of respect for the tradition started by George Washington... until Franklin Roosevelt did in 1940. He remained President until his death in April, 1945, thre (MORE)

Who made the term founding fathers?

the Declaration of Independence (who signed the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776) and the Framers of the Constitution (who were delegates to the Constitutional Convention

Why aren't there term limits on the Congress and Senate?

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 f (MORE)

Should Congress adopt term limits?

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 granted and long term incumbents are fertile ground for corruption. I believe its healthy for new people to become members of Co (MORE)

Why do you think the founding fathers included term limits in the Constitution Do you think limits should be longer Explain?

There are no term limits in the Constitution. They were added forthe President by the 22nd Amendment in 1947 (ratified 1951). Thisonly occurred after the extraordinary four terms of Franklin D.Roosevelt, which exceeded the informal two-term limit set by GeorgeWashington. Many in the US were concerne (MORE)

What does the term founding fathers refer to?

It refers to a group of men who founded/fathered a new country (ormore broadly - any organization). It seems to most commonly be usedto refer to the group of men who helped the USA gain independencefrom Britain and founded the USA.