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Term Limits: A Palliative not a Cure

By Publius Huldah

What’s the real problem with our federal government? That people in Congress serve too many terms? And if we get an Amendment to limit their terms, our Land will be healed?

Of course not! The real problem is that the politicians we elect ignore our Constitution – yet we keep reelecting them.

As a result, the federal government exercises thousands of powers not delegated; but everyone goes along with it. The States get federal funds for going along with unconstitutional federal programs; the People get all sorts of benefits, subsidies, and free stuff; and many live altogether at other peoples’ expense. And all this free money is added to the national debt.1

Members of Congress also profit from ignoring our Constitution: By exercising the thousands of powers not delegated, they obtain endless opportunities to become rich, powerful, and important.

So, unless we turn over a new leaf, learn our Constitution and obey it, renounce unconstitutional federal programs and benefits, and demand that people in Congress also obey it; limiting their terms by an Amendment merely increases the turnover of politicians in Congress who ignore our Constitution – and to whom we must pay luxurious lifetime pensions.

What would happen if we turned over a new leaf?

For starters, if we required Congress to stay within the enumerated powers, two things would happen:

1. The job of US Senator or Representative would be so boring, few would want to be reelected. After all, how many times can you revise the bankruptcy code (authorized by Art. I, § 8, cl. 4); fix the Standard of Weights and Measures (authorized by Art. I, §8, cl.5); and organize the Patent and Copyright Office (authorized by Art. I, §8, cl.8)?

2. There would be no opportunity to get rich while in Congress or build a power base. Also, the office would no longer attract those who go into politics for the sake of their own egos, pocketbooks, and neurotic lust for power.

And if we also stopped pouring out the blood of our young people and our treasury for our constant military meddling all over the world, there would be very little for Congress to do. 2

After the cleanup period [see footnote 2], the job of US Senator or Representative would become so boring – and so financially unrewarding – it would be seen as a civic duty to be stoically endured for a short time – instead of a cushy ticket to personal wealth, power, prestige, and a luxurious taxpayer funded retirement for life.

So a term limits amendment is a feel good palliative 3 which distracts us from dealing with the real problem: People in Congress disregard the Constitution – but we keep re-electing them.

We could turn over a new leaf and fix our Country. Do we have the wit and the will? Who among you is willing to challenge the status quo and urge that we change direction? If ever a nation needed to turn from its wicked ways, it is us.

You have a moral choice before you: Consider this advice from a friend; or jump on the bandwagon pulled by the globalists and clamor for an Article V convention.

Endnotes:

1 The PEW Report shows what percentage of each State’s revenue for FY 2014 was from federal funds [click on “select a state” to see your State]. Yet the “balanced budget” amendment lobby blames the federal government for out of control spending!

2 A Congress which obeyed the Constitution would be very busy during the glorious time they were repealing unconstitutional federal statutes; dismantling unconstitutional federal programs, departments, and agencies; and impeaching and removing usurping federal judges.

3 Unlike a “balanced budget” amendment, a term limits amendment is not one of the worst ideas since sin. But it doesn’t address the problem. We need to focus on the real problem, not on palliatives.

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June 3, 2017 - Posted by | Term Limits Amendment | ,

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  1. What a cunundrum, I’ll post it to others…

    Patriot

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    Comment by SFH | June 7, 2017 | Reply

  2. and they created whats called the mayors climate protection agreement ….. http://www.mayors.org/climateprotection/agreement.htm .. where did they get authority to do this ?

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    Comment by steve | June 5, 2017 | Reply

  3. im gonna change the question a little.. heres what i ran across .. its called the compact of mayors.. united nation agreement with the usa mayors . where do the states get the authority to deal outside the united states with the united nation on agreements / treatys ?

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    Comment by steve | June 5, 2017 | Reply

    • sorry heres the link https://www.compactofmayors.org/

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      Comment by steve | June 5, 2017 | Reply

    • States, cities, counties, etc., are prohibited from entering into treaties! See Art. I, Section 10, US Constitution. Only the President and the US Senate have authority to enter into treaties (Art. II, Sec. 2, clause 2).

      Furthermore, the President and US Senate can only enter into treaties which address the enumerated powers delegated to the federal government. So the President and Senate can make treaties addressing, e.g., international copyright protection, because that is one of the enumerated powers (Art. I, Sec. 8, clause 8). But the US government has no authority to enter into treaties addressing “climate change” and such like because “climate” is not one of the powers delegated to the federal government.

      See? You didn’t need me to tell you that!

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      Comment by Publius Huldah | June 5, 2017 | Reply

  4. And County Committee involvement.

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    Comment by Edward Durfee | June 5, 2017 | Reply

  5. Reblogged this on stepman2001 and commented:
    The other side of the coin is OUR involvement in picking the candidates. We need to join our County Committee and only present Conservative, Constitutionally oriented candidates.

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    Comment by Edward Durfee | June 5, 2017 | Reply

    • Your words are true. The key is for us to take over the County Republican Parties. But Americans are shallow – they only want the “glamor” stuff – they care about elections to Congress, to the US Senate, etc. They won’t show up on election day at their County Republican office to vote for a constitutional candidate for Chairman of the County Party. They promise they will show up to vote – but then don’t – and when confronted, they say, “Oh! We went to dinner with friends”; “Oh, I was so tired”.

      If the constitutionalists controlled the County Parties, they could control their State legislatures – and it wouldn’t matter who the governor was – or who was in Congress. The State legislatures could make Congress irrelevant.

      In Arizona, the former President of the Senate, Andy Biggs, always stopped applications for an Article V convention. But guess what? He ran for Congress – got elected – and no one was left in Arizona to stop the disastrous Art. V convention applications. Those stupid & weak & corrupt state legislators left in Arizona passed two applications for an Article V convention this past session and even passed the poisonous Compact for America! https://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/compact-for-americas-scheme-for-pre-ratification-of-a-massive-new-taxes-amendment/

      And so Andy Biggs has been neutralized – now that he is out of the way – the globalists got their way in the Arizona State Legislature.

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      Comment by Publius Huldah | June 5, 2017 | Reply

  6. Reblogged this on Starvin Larry.

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    Comment by gamegetterII | June 3, 2017 | Reply

  7. Excellent!!

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    Comment by Betty Wills | June 3, 2017 | Reply

  8. Certainly it would only take a few weeks or months out of the year to do what is mandated by the Constitution but, what do they do the rest of the year? Seeing the Federal Government pays their salaries for an entire year the Feds expect them to do something and that something is to work for the Feds in a Territorial capacity. This is where the damage is done. A recent experience is the Paris Climate Accord. The question that needs answering is: To what jurisdiction and extent does an Executive Order have when it affects all the people of America not just the people in Washington D.C. and the Territories? The Executive Order that Obama signed to enter us into the Paris Accord was not challenged by anyone as far as I know. Obama’s inner circle recognized it would not fly in a Senate vote so Obama signed an E.O. I read somewhat in a court case that if a Judge acts where he/she knows they do not have jurisdiction it is Treason. I think that should apple to E.O.s too. I am starting to hear the word ‘treason’ mentioned in legal circles with all this garbage that is going on since President Trump was elected. It is my considered opinion that just one prosecution for Treason would stop 90% of this B%^& S#@*. Douglas Smith

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    Comment by Douglas Smith | June 3, 2017 | Reply

  9. We absolutely would not recognize our government if it were changed to only what is allowed under the Constitution. All of a sudden, personal responsibility and unbridled potential would raise their heads. We would go back to where Congress would assemble in early December to get the annual work done for the year, as it was in the beginning.

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    Comment by Mike Foil | June 3, 2017 | Reply

  10. SO TRUE, PH. We forever attack the symptoms of our failures and problems. However, like you have done so well, we need to focus upon the CAUSE of our maladies, that being We the People!!!!!!

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    Comment by jim delaney | June 3, 2017 | Reply

    • That is our modern day mindset. That’s what we do in medicine: our physicians are taught to treat the SYMPTOMS of diseases, not the cause of the disease! Amazing how people unthinkingly absorb this mindset – they believe stuff they have never thought about. The welfare state is based in part on treating symptoms not causes. It’s pervasive.

      I expect the reason is that we don’t want to deal with the causes – because then we would be confronted with the HORRIBLE TRUTH that WE caused the problem and the only way to fix it is for US to man-up and take responsibility and then repent.

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      Comment by Publius Huldah | June 3, 2017 | Reply

      • BTW, PH, have you been able to write that analysis re the Congress’s intention to impose a right to carry across state lines law? Sadly, NRA’s justification for such an action is wildly ignorant.

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        Comment by jim delaney | June 3, 2017 | Reply

      • “Time it takes to rig a voting machine? 7 minutes. Since we have started using these easily rigged voting machines, along with voter fraud, ” we” haven’t been the ones voting these people into office. I remember the big push to get the Diebold voting machines in place. I remember the software (privately owned, of course) problems.

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        Comment by kp3ace | June 4, 2017 | Reply

        • Yes, I expect the machines are rigged [though such is out of my area of expertise].

          But I know from talking to citizens that they do keep voting for phony “conservatives” and RINOS over & over & over again.

          This last presidential election is interesting. I do believe the machines were rigged for Hillary to win – she couldn’t fill a high school gym at her rallies – yet we were told she was going to win. Yet Trump won, to the astonishment of the Hillary supporters. So perhaps the machines weren’t rigged enough to make up for the massive support Trump got?

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          Comment by Publius Huldah | June 4, 2017 | Reply

  11. This is, as always, wonderful!!

    Cristi Ritchey cristiritchey@verizon.net

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    Comment by Cristi Ritchey | June 3, 2017 | Reply

  12. Good morning PH

    Re: Turning over a new leaf

    Do you know of any society, historically, that has actually turned over a new leaf from where WE are now…where massive numbers of citizens believe the “leaf” is only now in the right position?

    God bless MCE

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    Comment by M. Craig Elachie | June 3, 2017 | Reply

    • The only historical examples I can think of are those set forth in the Book of Judges. You know the pattern: When the people fell away from the Lord, they became oppressed by tyrants – then they cried out to the Lord – and then He sent them a good judge – and while that good judge was alive – all was well! But as soon as that judge was gone, the people fell back into apostasy.

      So what this tells me is that most people are totally worthless. They don’t learn.

      But I don’t think that massive numbers of citizens believe the “leaf” is now in the right position: Western civilization is collapsing – all the western countries are inviting the most retrograde culture ever – muslims – to come in and take over. We’re SURRENDERING to the barbarians because WE ALL KNOW THAT WHAT WE NOW HAVE ISN’T WORTH PRESERVING.

      What I can’t figure out is why people aren’t willing to repent and turn over a new leaf. Yet history shows they won’t – CS Lewis shows in “The Great Divorce” that they refuse.

      I write and speak about these things because I am called to do so. Also, remember those passages in Ezekiel which say that if we see danger coming and don’t warn the People; then when disaster comes, their blood will be on our hands.

      CS Lewis is my hero – I love that man. Last night, I read this: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/wp-content/uploads/satevepost/screwtape-proposes-a-toast-SEP.pdf

      You can point this out to people in a simple, clear, factual, and logical manner and they still refuse to repent.

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      Comment by Publius Huldah | June 3, 2017 | Reply

  13. You are so right. It’s not the system that’s broken; it’s the people. Besides, do we really want to create a permanent percentage of lame ducks in a body that is already unaccountable to the people who put them there?? NO TERM LIMITS.

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    Comment by You Know I'm Right | June 3, 2017 | Reply

  14. Ok need time to read it…

    A.

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    Comment by sicilianthing | June 3, 2017 | Reply

    • sounds like a good plan!

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      Comment by Publius Huldah | June 3, 2017 | Reply


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