Men Are Not Angels And Term Limits Will Not Make Them So


Influence buying is a science and art practiced by some of the best and brightest in the business of national politics. [Note: There are people who positively correlate “best and brightest” with morality – the more of the former (i.e., the best and the brightest), the more of the latter: morality. That correlation is not assumed for this writing.]

And they (i.e., influence buyers) are good, really good, at what they do.

Term limits will not stop the best and the brightest from being really good at what they do for two reasons.

First, the desired outcome – laws or exemptions to laws that benefit the influence buyer  – remains unchanged with or without term limits.

Second, the best and the brightest found ways under the current system to buy influence and they are skilled and crafty enough to find ways under a system of term limits to do the same.

James Madison wrote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

Men are not angels and term limits will not make them so.



About drjstewart

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