Term Limits Would Transfer Power Back to the American People

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To the Editor:

Our government is broken and so partisan, our elected officials refuse to reach a compromise.  What is part of the frustration is the Biden Administration feeds on discontent and its lack of response to public needs.  At the same time Congress is a failure on many levels.  This has caused a collapse in the trust of government institutions.  The insistence of the liberal left to ignore the Constitution deepens the polarization.  Years of indoctrination through our education system towards socialist ideologies have also widened the ideological gap between parties.  The state of our democracy fails to bring opposing parties to consensus.  As Americans we are in a crisis struggling to ascertain what is fact, truth, and accountability within government.  On top of it we are inundated by the media’s opinionated news regarding basic facts of issues and events.  During the pandemic the Biden Administration was not transparent and withheld institutional information that should have been shared with the public with social media as a willing partner in the coverup.  This also extends well beyond COVID with the liberal media turning a blind eye to crime, our justice system, and immigration.  They would rather push the Identity Political Autocracy created by the political left.  Biden ran on the fact he was going to be the unifier uniting the country.  Instead he has divided the country.  Biden has not had one tangible single success.  He has achieved the lowest job performance in history, has had numerous national and global challenges that have turned out to be outright catastrophes from the COVID breakout, Afghanistan, Ukraine, the southern border, crime, inflation, his war on parents, and climate change with special interest the mainstay of his political agenda.  We have become a country where the proliferating policies of liberal politicians actually circumvent the economy. 

During this administration Congress has accomplished nothing of any significance in three years.  It has become dysfunctional.  According to the Constitution “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or on the Application of the legislatures of the several States, shall call a convention for proposing Amendments, which in either case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes of this Constitution.”  What is interesting is the 22nd Amendment was ratified by the Congress to put two term limits on the Presidency.  It was codified by Congress so that no one individual could become so politically ensconced so as not to be removed.   It has been challenged numerous times and each time blocked by Congress.  What is good for the goose should be good for the gander.  Congress blocks term limits for self-serving reasons.  A quote from the Berkly Review 2023 answers the question why they don’t, “Congressional incumbency is a paradigm of careerism, combining power, stature, influence, lavish benefits, high salary, unparalleled business connections, spectacular working conditions, taxpayer-funded-fact-finding trips, staff which could include family and friends, exceptional medical, dental and retirement benefits, weakened insider trading rules, free flights to and from work, and a family death gratuity.” There is a reason the 22nd Amendment put limits on Presidents as a check on federal executive power imposed by the very Congress that refuses to accept term limits for themselves.  How many in Congress are currently ensconced for 30 years or more.  It should be only logical that the same measures apply to Congress as well.  Term limits would transfer power from the political elite back to the American people. 

William R. Bellotti
Middlebury, CT

Bellotti served as Deputy Labor Commissioner under Gov. John Rowland