Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dear Senator

I'm currently drafting a letter to my senators regarding the letter they sent to Iran. It's a letter about another letter–a meta-letter, if you will.
Dear Senator:
As a constituent from the great state of Texas I want to commend you on the recent open letter you signed to the Iranian leadership. Thank you for helping to expose one of the great remaining tyrannies of the American constitutional system: the lack of congressional term limits.
As your letter spelled out so clearly, "the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms." I think it is absolutely crucial to remind voters as often as possible that because of our current practice most senators "will remain in office well beyond [January 2017]–perhaps decades."
I assume that by bringing such an injustice to light that you are now willing to help remedy this scandalous oversight by our Founders, who simply could not fathom the ways in which a lack of term limits for members of Congress would promote corruption and impede accountability. By correcting our constitutional system with an amendment for congressional term limits, senators and representatives will be answerable to a greater extent to the American voter.
I fully recommend and support congressional term limits to help rid Washington D.C. of career politicians. Thank you for your time.
Feel free to send a similar letter to your members of Congress!

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