Term Limits: Should Politicians Hold the Same Office for More Than One Term?

by Robert John Stevens, October 10, 2016

Term limits are designed to give voters a chance to re-elect or throw out politicians. The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution limits how many times a person may be elected to be President to eight (and possibly ten) years.

Should maximum term limits apply to every political office? What if voters mandate that once a politician serves for one term he or she may not serve again in the same office?

Although we’re living in what God established for his sons and daughters as a planet of revolving opportunities, politicians think their continued contribution justifies denying others the same experience. Is that virtuous or does it plant the seeds of corruption?

If you are smart, virtuous and grounded in constitutional principles, it is your duty to run for political office.

If you succeed in a lower political office then once your term completes, if you think you’ve done good then why aren’t you doing better?

Give somebody else a chance. Take all the good you’ve learned and seek a higher office or one in another branch of government. We need virtuous men and women in high offices.

[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue. — John Adams

“Sadly,” a friend wrote me, “our world and political system corrupt good people.”

To borrow Gordon B. Hinckley’s famous quote1 and apply it to political newcomers, “The tendency is to say, ‘They don’t know enough.’ Well, take a chance on them. Think of what a chance the Lord has taken on you.”

Most virtuous people come across as boring and don’t persuade. These concepts are well presented in the 1932 Betty Boop for President Movie.

If politicians do such a great job then why do evil and corrupt agendas continue? If politicians fail to protect our inalienable rights, fail to persuade others to end corruption, or start a liberty movement as Ron Paul has, then don’t re-elect them.

A government must be built on solid principles that citizens can remember. If politicians stick to the constitutional franchise then they will succeed.

The US population is 318.9 million. How many virtuous citizens ran for President?

Encourage all politicians to resign after their term ends. Never again vote to re-elect anyone.

See also Utahns strongly favor term limits for elected officials, poll shows


1 Inspirational Thoughts, By President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign Magazine, July 1998

10,000 Members of Congress Justified by 74,079 Volunteer Mormon Missionaries

by Robert John Stevens, June 29, 2016

Below are comments I left today for the Mises.org article The US Should Have 10,000 Members of Congress:

While the Founding Fathers remained alive, the population per representative remained consistent with the U.S. Constitution’s mandate of 30,000 citizens per congressional representative; hence, the wise ratio was designed to endure not just for constituent representation but to limit the powers and spending of the executive branch.

If the ratio continued the USA wouldn’t be 19.3 trillion in debt or have fought so many unconstitutional wars of aggression.

The cost of 10,000 members of Congress is small compared to the cost of runaway government spending and interventionism. Unaffordable? The Mormon Church ratio of members to volunteer missionaries is 211 (15,634,199 members to 74,079 missionaries). If 74,079 Mormon missionaries volunteer to work for free, supporting themselves from their own savings for eighteen months to two years, surely the United States can elect 10,000 representatives, or 1 to every 30,000 citizens, who love the U.S. Constitution enough to serve for two years at their own expense.

The Founding Fathers were correct to establish at least 30,000 constituents per congressional district. It would have saved trillions of dollars, kept the middle class wealthy, limited the power of the Executive Branch and preserved the U.S. Constitution—the basis of the most successful government in history.

I find it ironic that Mormons not only believe Jesus Christ raised up the Founding Fathers and inspired them to create the U.S. Constitution, but their member-to-missionary ratio of 211 to 1 is an indisputable case study that correct U.S. constitutional representation ratio can and must be restored.

See LDS Facts and Statistics

Dear Top 1%: How to Keep Your Lives, Money and Happiness

by Robert John Stevens, May 23, 2016

Dear Top 1%,

History is clear that the top 1% inflicts the most misery upon the human race, and then it backfires on them.

Despite what your advisors tell you they are probably all wrong. If you want to keep your wealth and protect yourself against the middle and lower class then bless and inspire them, not necessarily with your money for that would require you to share it, but with opportunity.

Opportunity means you set the middle and lower class free to acquire wealth. Keep what you have and let them prosper; for if they prosper you will retain your money, your life, health and happiness.

How can that be done? Well, what society experienced the greatest distribution of wealth in history? The United States before the Federal Reserve coup in 1913.

You must restore government to its original organization but with patches so it will never again be hijacked. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Restore the checks and balances of government as defined in the original U.S. Constitution which means you must:
    1. Abolish the unconstitutional Seventeenth Amendment so Senators can once again represent their state legislators rather than special interests
    2. Repeal the Apportionment Act of 1911 that fixed the number of members of the House of Representatives to 435.

      The Federal Reserve banksters knew to keep their charter it was easier to control the majority of 435 than one representative for every 30,000 citizens. With today’s population at 318,900,000 that requires 10,630 representatives. That may sound like too many but had their numbers grown proportionally our nation would not be trillions in debt.

    3. Establish and enforce term limits so nobody ever gets too much power
    4. Popularize virtue—Only a government based upon virtue can survive and protect you.
  • Abolish the illegal income tax created by the Sixteenth Amendment that is channeled directly to the pockets of the private Federal Reserve Shareholders
  • End the Federal Reserve. They’ll eventually turn against you with their 4.5 trillion in assets
  • Ask citizens to innovate and replace all banks with something else that enables wealth to accumulate for the masses.
  • Abolish the IRS and replace it with one sentence outlining a minimal tax on all sales.
  • Break up the media monopoly and ascertain it can never again consolidate and serve anti-Constitutional agendas
  • Abolish the Department of Education whose mission is to not teach the U.S. Constitution and the correct principles upon which it is based. Encourage parents to home school. Encourage more private schools to emerge. Require all school children to be taught the U.S. Constitution every year, its founding principles, and how to safeguard it. With that knowledge they will defend your right to keep your wealth without penalty and without harm.
  • Declare to the world how the Federal Reserve banksters’ coup of 1913 was successful, and how they grew and remained in power, so a national bank never forms again.
  • Abolish the CIA, the United Nations and outlaw all secret societies that murder, destabilize, overthrow and consolidate power and wealth for gain.
  • Turn regulations over to the free markets to establish best practices and guidelines for government and private industries‐just as the software industry does.
  • Free the citizens from the mountains of bureaucracy, ordinances and regulations that crush their ability to prosper. Replace them all with pure and simple principles that school children can recite.
  • Focus on the proper role of each government office as John F. Kennedy focused on the Office of the President. For example, how can that office be used to lead, guide and inspire citizens, to defend citizens, and to safeguard the U.S. Constitution?
  • Inspire citizens to become scientists and engineers. You want them to invent things to make your world a better place, to extend your lives and the lives of your posterity, and to eventually colonize other planets. For that you’ll need an unending amount of human innovation to tap from.

When your example becomes the beacon for freedom and liberty then people everywhere, by obedience to their own conscience, will safeguard your life, money and happiness.

No other alternative has ever worked—for their destruction will become your destruction but their prosperity, safety and happiness will become yours.

Term Limits for ALL Government and Church Employees

by Robert John Stevens, March 8, 2016

Despite good intentions, government and church employees feel entitled to their salaries while others struggle to pay their taxes, tithing, and voluntary contributions to support them. How can we expect to reduce the size of the federal, state and local governments if we don’t first cleanse ourselves from within? Let that cleansing begin in our churches and synagogues.

What better proof of policies gone astray than government and church career employment? What can be more unchristian? Removed from the very people they are paid to serve, as time passes, how can they understand the people’s needs and feel their pains?

Who will voluntarily resign from their positions so the Lord can take a chance on another?1

The Book of Mormon published in 1830 was so adamant about this principle that it declared, “But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish2 and yet the LDS Church employs thousands of career church employees in their IT Department alone. If you don’t think they labor for money, ask them to work for free.

Jesus prepared to serve for thirty years, labored without compensation and then after just three years ended that stage of his earthly volunteer service upon the cross.

For the millions of unemployed or underemployed, including 90+ million Americans, sacrifice grows into bitterness.3

Prepare your best, serve with love, do your best and then give somebody else a chance.

If our churches and synagogues set the example by ending career employment, how much easier it will be to establish term limits and reduce the size of government!

Read my solution: How Churches Can Transition to Fewer Paid Career Employees and Set the Example for Government.

Responses

Q. I’ve never agreed with your take on term limits for most church employees or government employees, and still don’t. 🙂

A. I think you would if:

1. The government sends you a bill for your family’s portion of the national debt which in your case comes to $59,128 * 5 = $295,640 and threatens foreclosure and jail time if you don’t pay in full or monthly interest payments.

2. The economy collapses and the banksters loot what’s left of America as they are doing now in Europe, and use their prestitute media to tell Americans it is right and best for them.

Paul Craig Roberts wrote this week, “In Europe entire countries are being foreclosed. Greece and Portugal have been forced into liquidation of national assets and the social security systems. So many women have been forced into poverty and prostitution that the hourly price of a prostitute has been driven down to $4.12.”

3. After paying tithing for decades you try and get a job with your church. Dozens of your colleagues who have cushy, high-paid career church employment jobs but won’t interview you or invite you to lunch to network.

The truth is out there. Maybe it is somewhere in between and somebody will reveal the right solution.

Footnotes

1 Gordon B. Hinckley’s comments on comments are just as applicable to term limits for government and church employees:

“Every convert who comes into this Church should have an immediate responsibility. It may be ever so small, but it will spell the difference in his life. … I cannot understand why converts aren’t given more responsibility immediately when they come into the Church. The tendency is to say, ‘They don’t know enough.’ Well, take a chance on them. Think of what a chance the Lord has taken on you. Give them something to do, be it ever so small, something that’s specific and by which they will grow. … You will not develop people in this Church unless you give them responsibility.” — “Every Convert Is Precious”

2 2 Nephi 26:31.

3 Again from Gordon B. Hinckley: “A man out of work is of special moment to the Church because, deprived of his inheritance, he is on trial as Job was on trial—for his integrity. As days lengthen into weeks and months and even years of adversity, the hurt grows deeper. …The Church cannot hope to save a man on Sunday if during the week it is a complacent witness to the crucifixion of his soul.”

FULL TRANSCRIPT: RAND PAUL’S FIRST HOUR OF FILIBUSTERING THE PATRIOT ACT

I have been asking for a while to have a full day and have five or six amendments that Senator Wyden and I could put forward and have a full-fledged debate over whether or not the bulk collection of our records is something we should continue to do. Now, I think if you look at this and you say where are the American people on this, well, there has been poll after poll. Well over half the people, maybe well over 60% of the people think the government’s gone too far. But if you want an example of why the Senate or Congress doesn’t represent the people very well or why we’re maybe a decade behind, I’ll bet you it’s 20% of the people here would vote to stop this, to truly just stop it. At the most, where is it 60% or 70% of the public would stop these things.

You’re not well represented. What’s happened is I think the congress is maybe a decade behind the people. I think this is an argument for why we should limit terms. I this is an argument for why we should have more turnover in office, because we get up here and we stay too long and we get separated from the people. The people don’t want the bulk collection of their records. And if we were listening, we’d hear that. The vote in the house, while I don’t think the bill is perfect and I think it may well continue bulk collection, was over 300 votes to end this program, to say we’re no longer going to have bulk collection.

If they come into your house there is no ability for you to complain. In fact, sometimes they are now coming into our houses without us knowing about it. This is called a sneak and peek warrant. And like everything else the government says we’ll be over run with terrorists if we don’t let the government quietly sneak into your house when you’re gone and put listening devices, search through your papers and read all your stuff while you’re gone.