Letter | Term limits could solve ‘ineffective government’ problem

07/08/2014 12:00 AM

07/07/2014 5:38 PM

The July 6 Opinion pages of The Sun News had a variety of discussions by various authors regarding the function of our Federal government and what our founding fathers intended.

Let me add to that Allan Dowd’s article, “The Impatient Electorate,” in the July Issue of The American Legion Magazine. He argues that for our government to be effective requires patience.

Most citizens would argue that we all have been very patient for the last six years. During that time, we have suffered a deadlocked, ineffective federal government. Although Mr. Dowd states that we “should not settle for bad government,” is an ineffective government not a bad government?

Our founding fathers never, in their wildest dreams, expected for those elected officials to be in the congress, or for that matter, in the Supreme Court for 50 years or more. Neither did they expect the electorate to be bought by big money.

In that respect, the founding fathers were very naïve. Ninety percent of Americans favor term limits; two terms for senators, six terms for House members and a one six-year term for the President. However, they failed to put that into our constitution and to expect those in Washington to vote themselves out is a pipe dream. So we put up with bad government.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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