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"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils."
- Woodrow Wilson

Twelve Year Term Limit Explained

In several post I have referenced the 12 year term limit idea. Some people have asked me to explain this, so I thought I'd do that here. I don't know the origin of this idea. I wish I could claim credit for it's creation, but it was certainly not me.

The concept is this and would apply to the U.S. Congress and the Presidency. One person would be limited to holding office in Washington D.C. for a maximum of 12 years. Those twelve years could be spent in any combination of the current terms for President (four years, maximum two terms), Senator (six years) and Representative (two years).

So a person could serve the maximum twelve years as a:
  • Six term Representative
  • Two term Senator
  • Three term Representative and one term Senator
  • Four term Representative and one term President
  • One term Representative, one term Senator, and one term President
  • Two term Representative and two term President

The idea is simply that public office was  intended to be a service to the country, not a career path. I go more in depth on my beliefs about that subject in many posts to this blog. If you would like to view them, please click on the labels "term limits" and "12 year term limits" on the right side of this page.

Of course this is merely an idea. In order for this to become a reality, the Constitution would need to be amended. I just don't see that happening.

Although, I have enacted this on my own when I go to the voting booth. No one should be in Washington D.C. for more than 12 years.