Plano Texas Politics

July 13, 2009

New Constitutional Amendment

Filed under: National News — jdalley @ 4:43 pm
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I was thinking about the career politicians in the Senate and the House are right now. That led me to thinking about term limits and I believe in term limits but sometimes we get good politicians in there so this is my proposed 28th amendment;

Section 1: No person shall be elected to the Senate and serve more than six years, but shall be eligible for re-election in two years following their last term of service.

Section 2: No person shall be elected to the House and serve more than four years, but shall be eligible for re-election two years following their last term of service.

I am curious as to your opinions on this amendment, please leave your comments or at least answer the poll below.


~James Dalley



  1. How about simply this? I can’t find any loopholes or anything that could be unclear.

    Section 1: No Senator shall serve consecutive terms.

    Section 2: No person shall serve in the House of representatives for more than two consecutive terms.

    or possibly you could change section one to simply repeal the 17th amendment, which currently allows for the popular election of senators. State’s have abused their powers to appoint senators, but not as much as senators have abused our trust, we who can’t/don’t keep the same kind of eye on them as our state legislators can and more likely will.

    Comment by pianopeck — July 13, 2009 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

    • I agree that my wording is not perfect but you do agree with the gist. Also I too believe that the 17th amendment should be repealed. It destroys the very unique government that was created in 1787. The USA was the only government to be run by the people and the state at that point in history, and it was a sad day when we changed that by adding the 17th amendment.

      Comment by jdalley — July 13, 2009 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

  2. We certainly whacked the same nail!

    I think yours would work too. But I also think the history of those in power surrendering it voluntarily is a very short volume.


    Comment by Larry Blasko — July 13, 2009 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

    • interestingly, technically we don’t need congress to agree. we merely need enough states to propose it and there will be a convention to create the ammendment. not that that means it will happen, but I like the idea.

      Comment by Samuel Peck — July 14, 2009 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  3. This is a dumb amendment.
    The upside to long Senatorial service is that it enshrines a deliberative tradition which is essential to the constitutional health of the country.

    Comment by Simon — July 14, 2009 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

    • The founders did not mean for the position of senator and representative to be a career this is why I do not like the “career” politicians. So career politicians do not help the constitutional health of America.

      Comment by jdalley — July 14, 2009 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

      • Big deal. This is the modern world, not the original 13 colonies with population of, what, a few million farmers. You can’t expect such small-town sensibilities to govern 300 million people responsibly. It’s a guaranteed path to vast miscarriages of justice, mob rule and poorly thought out legislation.

        Comment by Simon — July 14, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

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