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Friday, May 08, 2009

A recommendation and my plan for voluntary term limits

Have a look here: http://www.pjtv.com/video/Afterburner_/The_Cost_of_Media_Bias/1736/6337/

at Bill Whittle (my favorite blogger) video-commenting on media bias. Chapter and verse, chapter and verse.

God I love the video age! It's getting harder and harder to maintain hypocrisy and lies in public anymore.

Whittle speaks of an aristocratic congress-for-life. Some say the cure for this is term limits.

Well, term limits have been passed a few times, and just as quickly overturned, or delayed forever by challenges in the courts. Does anyone really think the political class will willingly put up with exclusion from the gravy train?

So I have "a modest proposal." We propose a social contract with those who would undertake the noble sacrifices of public service. Which (so they say) are a burden they undertake for the Greater Good of Us All.

You altruistic public servants can have three consecutive terms in office.

After one, you have to spend at least an equal amount of time making an honest living before you run for any public office again.

Or, you can have two terms in office. After which you spend an equal amount of time in jail.

Or, you can have three consecutive terms in office, after which we take you out and shoot your sorry ass because you're hopeless.


  • At 5:57 AM, Blogger Ted (a/k/a Galt-in-Da-Box) said…

    That is just beautiful...And it would work, too (assuming the people could ween themselves of government bribes long enough to implement/enforce it).
    Write it down in your "Notes on an interim, post-revolution government".
    We're going to need it, eventually.

  • At 7:56 PM, Blogger trollsmyth said…


    You might enjoy this: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/20121

    It's short and fun and I believe you're a Heinlein fan, so this should be right up your alley.

    - Brian

  • At 3:20 PM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    Hey thanks!

    "Lone Star Planet," also published as "A Planet for Texans," has been out-of-print for ages.

    I'm guessing why Trollsmyth is recommending this is, on that planet settled by Texans, a man has a judge dismiss murder charges against him (after he confessedly hacked a politician up with a machete) because it was proven that the politician had introduced a bill to tax personal incomes!

    The judge hands the machete back to the former defendant and bids him "put it among the lares and penates of your household, bequeath it to you son," and salutes him.

  • At 9:36 AM, Blogger Ken S said…

    Love your recommendation. It's like that old saying about the presidency, anyone who wants to be the president, shouldn't.


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