'Tis Only My Opinion!

March  2018 - Volume 38, Number 3

Term Limits and None of the above!

Since the 2016 General Election, the animosity between the electorate continues to show no sign of moderating. In the special elections for Congressional seats since then, we have seen both parties nominate candidates with major flaws to fill the vacated seats.

Term Limits

The number of members of both the House of Representatives and Senate who have announced their retirements continues to grow in advance of the 2018 elections.

Thus, in a sense, the founders expectations that office-holders would not become professional politicians may be seeing a revival.

One of the major reasons behind the call for a Constitutional Convention has been the electorates dissatisfaction over the lack of term limits. We have term limits for the President but not for members of the Senate or House of Representatives.

Hence, I would propose that Senators be limited to two terms and members of Congress to a total of four terms. Plus, the total amount of time to be served in both the House of Representatives and Congress be limited to 12 years.

This simple change would change the political class almost overnight to more truly reflect the electorate rather than the establishment and "K" Street.

None of the above!

In several recent elections both political parties nominated candidates that did not exactly endear themselves to wide portions of the electorate.

Therefore, I propose the addition of a ballot position called "None of the above". If none of the above receives more votes than any of the other candidates a new election must be held and any of the candidates on the previous ballot would be disqualified from running for that position again.


The Deep State and the Establishment are not a friend of the electorate. It is time to change the game.

But then - 'Tis Only My Opinion!

Fred Richards
March 1, 2018


Corruptisima republica plurimae leges. [The more corrupt a republic, the more laws.] -- Tacitus, Annals III 27

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