I was asked, on Quora, about the establishment of an Electoral Code of Conduct. Here’s my answer.
The subjective nature of a Code of Electoral Conduct is difficult to enforce. Who decides?
It appears to me that this question is borne out of a profound and almost universal disappointment in the mechanics of a system that has become corrupted by lobby and PAC money, as well as the prohibitive cost of winning and staying in office.
The “America’s Got Talent” Solution
OK. I live in Utah. Even though I am a Republican Who Knows Better, I gotta’ hand it to guys like Orrin Hatch who have figured out how to game the system. But really … come on! Seven six-year terms — that’s forty-two years! Too much, by like more that 3X.
Can’t we all agree that America has enough talent to find someone else to do the job, not to mention the fact that the lobbyists have him and others on speed dial?
We all get it … yes?
So — how do we fix the problem?
IMHO, the most practical way to address the immediate problem is to amend the Constitution of the United States and impose term limits on both houses of the U.S. Congress, to wit:
- On those who serve in the House of Representatives, six two-year terms; no member may serve, during their entire lifetime, more than six two-year terms, for a total of twelve years;
- On those who serve in the Senate, two six-year terms, no member may serve, during their entire lifetime, more than two six-year terms, for a total of twelve years;
- This restriction does not prevent a citizen to serve twelve years in the House of Representatives, and twelve years in the Senate.
- Once a member of the House or the Senate completes even one term, they are prohibited from serving as a lobbyist for the same period of service in office.
Personal Observation — On October 11, 1798, John Adams, wrote a letter TO THE OFFICERS OF THE FIRST BRIGADE OF THE THIRD DIVISION OF THE MILITIA OF MASSACHUSETTS in which we said:
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Yep, true story … especially when you get hip to the fact that we are eternal beings engaged in a brief mortal experience, that we will, altogether more quickly than expected, shuffle off this moral coil … our ‘you only get one trip through the fun house’ will be concluded … and then we get reassigned, depending on our trajectory …
Oh … by the way, that trash about “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Wrong, wrong, wrong. Stupidity on stilts.