Nancy Pelosi: why we need term limits

Nancy Pelosi is the shining example of why this country needs term limits for people elected to congress. A year or so ago, one of flight attendants who served on an official plane taking her back to California, described how much booze she made sure was on the plane and how much hard stuff she put away during the long flight.

 

Her public appearances give indications that she either drinks heavily to fortify her for her press conferences or she is showing the first signs of dementia. Either one, I would think, should alert her family that she is declining rapidly and to avoid embarrassment to her and the family, the Democratic party, and/or the government of the US, they should convince her to step down before she needs to be tucked away from public view in a home for the Terminally Unable to be in Public who need a safe place for the remainder of their days. And by the way, she is elected by and represents San Francisco but not much of the rest of CA.

Comments

Mt. Moix Added Dec 4, 2017 - 10:10pm
Pelosi is not the only good example of why term limits are needed whether it's due to the effects of aging or due to corruption. I'm sure she is both. Our legislators were meant to be citizen legislators - people who have to live under the laws they pass, but they do not. They live by their own elitist rules. Nevermind the fact that somehow many get rich, if not wealthy, while representing we the people. It's a total mockery of what the Founding Fathers set our republic up to be.
Bill Kamps Added Dec 5, 2017 - 6:43am
Robert Byrd used to the the poster child for term limits.  The man could barely physically function by the time he died and finally gave up his seat.  We could list any number of politicians who gripped their positions until they breathed their final breath. 
 
My Congresswoman, Shelia Jackson Lee, has her district "adjusted" when redistricting comes around to make  sure she is gerrymandered into office every term. 
 
Today we see any number of men in the private sector resigning or being fired for sexual harassment, and yet none of the accused politicians have met the same fate, why? not only because they wont resign, but because their colleagues cant remove them since none of them can even conceive of someone losing their Congressional seat.
 
Incumbents have such an incredible advantage that by the time they have served a few terms, it is almost impossible to elect someone else.  Saying it is up to  the voters is nonsense. 
 
Eliminating terms limits and eliminating gerrymandering would mitigate many problems that we face.  I am convinced that gerrymander is one of the sources of the political extremism we face because most districts are effectively uncontested, and this means the candidates dont need to come from the political middle to get elected. 
Mt. Moix Added Dec 5, 2017 - 9:18am
Sheila Jackson" Two Vietnams" Lee who thinks we've been to Mars and planted a flag there. Ooph! Her intelligence is on par with Hank Johnson who said Guam would tip over. I agree that gerrymandering is also a big problem. Thanks for bringing it up.
Bill Kamps Added Dec 5, 2017 - 9:31am
Mt M, unfortunately for me I live in a three block wide strip of land that connects different parts of SJL's mostly black congressional district.  Since districts do have to be contiguous, we need these little bridge areas to connect her pieces together.   She also went to the Jesse Jackson school of photo op, pushing aside the Astros players during their parade and party after winning the World Series.  You would have thought she was the key to victory the way she hogged the  stage, and was the  only person from Congress to do so.
 
The myth against term limits is that we can vote people like SJL from office but it is almost impossible.  No sane person ( i mean this literally) will run against her because it is a waste of time and money.  They cant get contributions. Any white person that challenges her is of course a racist trying to take away one of the entitled black districts.  Those that run against her are pretty wacko people running with a budget of $10K, or part of the tin foil hat crowd that no one would really vote for.
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 5, 2017 - 11:23am
California. Californians can only be rescued with term limits. They are so dumb (politically).
Dave Volek Added Dec 5, 2017 - 2:25pm
I see a smokescreen! Term limits will not overcome the flaws of western democracy.
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 5, 2017 - 2:31pm
Dave, it does not have to solve all problems. It stops individuals from growing too much influence and power. It is not only the office that gives power. It is contacts and building followership. The longer politicians stay in power the more dangerous they become.
Leroy Added Dec 5, 2017 - 2:41pm
The entire leadership of the Democratic party could be poster children for term limits.  It's like the geriatrics club.
 
In principle, I don't agree with term limits.  If you have a good representative, why should you be forced to change?  Long service can have its advantages.  If you need your senator to do something for you, chances are that he will have the infrastructure in place, if he has been a senator for a while.
 
The problem is not with our representatives serving too many terms; the problem is us for electing them time and time again after they have outlived their usefulness.  Term limits only protect us from our own stupidity.  Do we really need protection from our own stupidity?  Those who believe in big government would probably answer "Yes."
 
 
Benjamin Goldstein Added Dec 5, 2017 - 2:45pm


Do we really need protection from our own stupidity? 
Yes, that's why we need a constitution to start with. Otherwise we could just self-govern us.
 
Those who believe in big government would probably answer "Yes."
And those who want to rein in the powers of the mighty, too!

Mt. Moix Added Dec 5, 2017 - 4:59pm
I think both parties have their poster children for term limits. No one should make a career of being a citizen legislator. As for Senators, I say repeal the 17th Amendment. Senators were never meant to be elected by popular vote. They're supposed to be appointed by state legislatures to do the bidding of their respective states. Nothing is perfect and will solve all of the problems we have with these people in DC, but measures can be taken to alleviate some of those problems.
Mike Haluska Added Dec 6, 2017 - 12:24pm
Nancy Pelosi is the poster child for everything that is wrong with Washington DC.  There ought to be a "PELOSI BILL" that calls for an audit (to be published for public consumption) that compares the wealth of the politician when they took office to the wealth they amassed while in office, explaining how they got filthy rich on a $140,000 year salary living in DC. 
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 7, 2017 - 10:52am
Ahh, Nancy Pelosi! So many memories....
 
Who could ever forget the great ones?  You'll have to vote for it first to find out whats in it. ANNNDDD......too many forget this. You know that whole "drain the swamp" motto? I remember Nancy Dearest mouthing that line after the '06 mid terms. I say let's keep her around a while longer. A true American treasure
Dino Manalis Added Dec 7, 2017 - 11:23am
Term limits would stem corruption and give others the opportunity to serve their country.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Dec 7, 2017 - 11:37am
In her case SuperMax with no limit is appropriate.