Could this be the way?
I lived in Nevada when Harry Reid was first elected to the Governorship of that state. He was not a bad guy then. He has changed. He has become infected with the disease of Power. Not the power to do good or even the power to do evil, but the power to wield Power. This one aspect of his life has turned a decent guy into an evil man. We see this every day with our long term politicians. Take a look at John McCain: Graduate of The U.S Naval Academy, Captain in the U.S. Navy, Suffered as a POW, formerly a staunch conservative. He has served in the US Senate since 1987. He now suffers from that same disease. You can see it in his every public comment these days. I could go on with a litany of both Democrats and Republicans that have ‘served’ in both the house and senate for more than one or two terms and demonstrate the movement toward and the succumbing to the disease of Power. These people are no longer in office to ‘serve’ but to command.
BOH said after he was elected the first time (he came to office already infected) that the people should leave governing and governing decisions to the professionals. They should not concern themselves with the process nor the results. Yeah, he really did!
The Federalist Papers allude to the “citizen politician”; one who would serve his term and go back home to make an honest living. How would you like to get a job that assured you of an income for life equal to the highest pay you attained while in that job and that income be guaranteed the moment you were on the payroll? Or how about a position that placed you above the law? You could actually exempt yourself from having to obey any law you imposed on the rest of society. How about having the rest of the population pay to protect you from them no matter how unpopular or tyrannical your actions became.
I have an idea. It is not a new idea and it certainly isn’t original with me, but it may be an idea whose time has come.
TERM LIMITS! Stringent term limits. One term for a senator, three for the house members and two for the president, although that last one may be a bit excessive in some cases.
The other suggestion I have is the voter ID. We all know of the voter fraud and copious numbers of dead people that voted in the last election. Again I must refer to Harry Reid. In each of his elections he has trailed in the polls by significant numbers on Election Day yet he keeps getting elected? (He quit the governor’s office to become senator the first time.) I wonder if every voter had to prove who they were how he would fare. Am I accusing his committee of voter fraud? Nope. I have no proof. No Smoking gun. Just asking a question.
The term limitations would require a popular movement to amend the Constitution. Somehow I don’t think we could get the elected ones to begin that process.