When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. —Proverbs 29:2
Term limits secure a republic when deceitful politicians rule. When virtuous, strict constitutionalists serve, good men and women support indefinite re-election.
As a startup CEO, when we experienced success I learned to channel praise to our customers and employees. When we failed I learned to take the blame. Should elected officials take the blame for our nation’s problems?
Were you willing to throw all the bums out when the congressional approval rating sunk to an all-time low of 9% in November 2013?1 How about today?
Even when sales are sinking, most employees will keep making incremental changes. Politicians are no different. Reversing a downward trend requires innovation.
In startups we must be slow to hire and quick to fire.2 Liking employees isn’t enough to keep them. It is also best to pay for performance.2
If we apply those same rules to our elected officials to determine their term limits, we may ask, “Did you save the country billions, defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic and influence millions to support constitutional government? Or did you stop fighting against usurpations of power and sign bills without reading them?”
In the 1970s, Congressman Ron Paul was the first to submit legislation to support term limits.3 He also supported many term-limit bills. To better understand the issue of term limits, I need to locate and understand those bills.
Let’s thank Congressman Jason Chaffetz for his six years of public service and release him so he can serve his country in another capacity. Vote Robert Stevens for Congress. Let me show you what I can do.
2 Both quotes are from my friend Dr. Gary Rhoads at BYU. I’ve heard him say these many times.