Yet Another Case for Term Limits

January 30, 2013 at 5:00 am / by

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Politichick State Director of Texas, Patti Terrell has conservative roots which grow deep in the heart of East Texas. She has a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from 1977 proving (in her opinion)… More

On November 27th, 2012, Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) cast a vote that was promptly made newsworthy due to the fact that he was the oldest Congressman to ever cast a vote. It was his 18,549th vote.  That’s a case for term limits if I ever saw one.

I will most likely take some flak from people in my local area who read this because Congressman Hall is somewhat of an icon around here.  To be quite frank, he is a nice man and a bit of a comedian.  He is plain spoken and he loves this country and has served his district well for many years.  My husband has photographed more than one event where Congressman Hall was the guest speaker and I have met him on more than one occasion. He, of his own accord, sent my husband a flag that was flown over the White House so this article is in no way a personal vendetta against Congressman Hall.

Congressman Hall was first elected to serve the 4th district of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 and has been reelected to each succeeding Congress.  Congressman Hall did not put himself in the House of Representatives for 32 years–the constituents of his district elected him.

The working career of the average person is around 40-45 years.   Representative John Dingell (D-MI), the dean of the House, has the longest service of any House Member in History.  He has been a Representative for 55 years.  Why do even the Democrats want a Representative that has been in the House for 55 years?

The average length of service for Representatives at the beginning of the 112th Congress was 9.8 years (4.9 Terms) and for Senators it was 11.4 years (1.9 terms).  The 113th Congress does have 79 freshmen but incumbents were sent back to Washington at the rate of 94%.  What were we thinking?

U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel said, “Limiting terms will allow citizen legislators to come to Washington, DC, fix the problems and then go home to resume their lives, instead of becoming encamped in the cloistered world inside the DC Beltway.”

Governor Mike Huckabee says, “Voters have to accept their responsibility in this disaster of a government.”  I agree.  We are responsible for what is happening to this country.  We lost the election but we have not lost the war.  It is time to quit whining, roll up our shirtsleeves and get our hands dirty.  Let’s see where we can make change and do it.  Look at our local politicians.   Are we contacting them and telling them what we, as constituents, elected them to stand for?  Are we watching their votes and questioning them when we do not agree?  And are we making sure they do vote?  ”A “no show” is not acceptable when our future is in their hands.  If we are not doing these things, then we are not doing our job as citizens of this great nation.  Never, ever forget that we are still a great nation.

A quote that has been attributed to many different people–from Anthony Robbins to Mark Twain with Albert Einstein thrown in for good measure—states, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got”.

I am ready for something different.  We need true legislators who are dedicated to spending their time defending the constitution and not simply ingratiating themselves to lobbyists. We need new leadership continually infiltrating Congress to ensure all taxpayer dollars are wisely spent.  We need to end the era of career politicians who have led us to a $16 trillion dollar national debt.

It is time for “We the People” to call our Congressmen and Senators. We must demand a constitutional amendment calling for term limits. It is time for a change.



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Patti Barnett Terrell

Politichick State Director of Texas, Patti Terrell has conservative roots which grow deep in the heart of East Texas. She has a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from 1977 proving (in her opinion) that she was “a nerd when being a nerd wasn’t cool”. Her career path continued in that direction and she recently retired from her position as the civilian director of a large Army Information Technology organization. She and her husband had the honor of working for former Governor Mike Huckabee in one of his reelection campaigns by photographing fund raisers. . She most enjoyed meeting the late, great actor and political activist Charlton Heston when he was campaigning for the Governor. For her most recent birthday her husband gave her “dinner with Allen West”. The ensuing article she wrote was picked up by Col. West’s web site as well as several other conservative sites and viewed by thousands. She is active in her local area by working elections and attending local “meet and greet” political events. She is a huge advocate of the 2nd amendment, is rarely unarmed, and has strong opinions re gun control laws. Patti lives in Texarkana, TX with her husband of over 30 years (Larry), and 2 dogs who think they are people too. Patti loves to travel, see new places, meet new people and learn new things but “Texas will always be home.”

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  1. kid721952 says:

    He’s there because he is obviously doing what the people want him to do unlike another elected in his place that DOESN’T WANT to do what the people want,he is also re-elected by the people,fair and square

    • Peterson19 says:

      Obama was elected because he used taxpayer money to buy votes supplemented by voter fraud and apathy. It’s incredible how little the American people (like you) know about their own government. Obama is now proposing to give 11MM illegal aliens immediate citizenship, no conditions, not even having to learn English. He is a liar, a thief and a fraud. Wise up kid.

      • kid721952 says:

        I’m not talking about obama,there is NO EXCUSE for obama and what he has done to destroy our great country,someone made the comment about a rep in texas who has been in office for 55 years and was wondering why they didn’t have term limits on him NOT OBAMA,I hate obama

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