That’s right, only one four-year term. Politicians do their civic duty and then go back to their real lives. It was never meant to be a CAREER! Four years is enough time to accomplish some worthy goals for society and make a name for oneself and also, if one desires, even enough time to get into the pockets of all kinds of people. The longer the stay in office, the more potential for a conflict of interest to arise because let’s face it, when the cookie jar is open, it’s hard not to dip your hand in. Political life should be a lesson in true service to one’s fellow man. True service doesn’t look for any reward beyond the satisfaction of doing the service.
It’s not a calling. That’s nonsense. The attraction to power and popularity is overwhelming. Plus, the gifts to lawmakers continues to flow despite the cries from the taxpayers to discontinue any additional remuneration from outside factions like corporations who need a certain legislation and who are hard to refuse since they donated so much to the inflated campaign where money was squandered on lavish lunches and exorbitant dinners with ticket prices that are a little too much for the average person. Money buys power.
Some inflated critics and dinosaurs from the good old days say that four years isn’t enough. Tough. That’s what we all face; the difference between what we want to do and what we actually wind up doing. Once elected, the politician does the best they can and they do it with haste in order to accomplish something meaningful in their four-year-term. They will be required to work five days a week like most of us, instead of the third of a year they work now and, on top of that, they voted yourselves raises. Things just don’t work that way. There’s a hierarchy of financial decision-making and politicians are not at the top. The American people are and if they think politicians are doing a good job, the people might just vote them a raise.
One of the psychological conundrums that arises in the political game is that when someone in an influential position sets rules for others, they begin to see themselves as morally distinct from those they set the rules for and they believe that they are not subject to the same rules. No one is above the law.
An additional stipulation that needs to be added is that when a situation arises where politicians have to make a decision on something that may affect them personally, they must dismiss themselves in all fairness from having any input. Good ethics can override a possible a conflict of interest.
Here’s an idea. Just like jury duty, politicians could be called at random to serve. Don’t worry, the system would be in place for coaching those political neophytes who own their own plumbing companies but are ignorant of the workings of government but, they bring a new and unique view of things that life-long politicians can no longer see. Of course, the small company owner has to make provisions for running their companies from a distance and must receive the same income as they are used to. In this way, the average person gets to serve their community and receive a certain level of recognition. Selecting the average individual to represent the people may be frustrating at first but it would be the beginning of simplifying the language of politics for the common man.
And then there’s the largest part of legal distraction that absorbs most of the energy of the first term politician; RE-ELECTION! Wow the time and money spent on re-election in this country could feed the undernourished and house the homeless of the world. Politicians may be neglecting some of the good things that could be possible for their districts but they’re too busy chasing down money for their re-election and re-election is the proverbial pimple on the ass for the politician. The confused consensus of the vox populi (us) is that “they’ve been there so long they must be good.” That couldn’t be any further from the truth.
And none of this “payment for life” nonsense. Who the hell voted for that? Nobody. They voted it for themselves which, in actuality, is stealing from the American people. No one would vote for some washed up politicians to receive $174,000 a year for the rest of their lives plus free insurance. Again, the world doesn’t work that way. There’s no free ride.
If you really want a government “for and by the people,” limiting the term of lawmakers to one term provides the level of service that a “servant of the people “should actually reflect.
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