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NeenahLibertarian
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C-Mach
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9 Points

Term Limits Violate the Principles of Democracy

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Started: 12/17/2007 Category: Politics
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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NeenahLibertarian

Pro

While I can see the value in the argument that term limits check the ability of any one person to gain too much power, there is no empirical evidence that a person or group of people was able to do so before term limits were mandated. It is the right of the people to choose their leader in a representative system of government and term limits unnecesarily exclude certain people from candidacy. So long as free and general elections are in place every four years there will always be a check on tyranny.
C-Mach

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Sorry about choosing this one. Actually, I thought you were saying something FOR term limits, which I am also against. Sorry.
Debate Round No. 1
NeenahLibertarian

Pro

No problem, I'm glad we can agree on this issue. Frankly, I'm surprised it doesn't get more attention in contemporary society.
C-Mach

Con

Yeah, all it does is restrict what leaders can do, and if it's what the people want, then so be it. I frankly wouldn't be surprised if Ronald Reagan served four terms if it weren't for the 22nd amendment.
Debate Round No. 2
NeenahLibertarian

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He definately would have gone at least one more. Perhaps we could have avoided the entire Clinton era.
C-Mach

Con

He definitely would have. Now, what should we do about it? I know: Repeal the 22nd amendment. Then they would be free to be in office as long as they want.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by C-Mach 9 years ago
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Frankly, the legislators are the ones that SHOULD have term limits. They're supposed to be AMATEURS! I know it's unconstitutional, but you can't be an amateur in government for life, can you? And plus, we don't want people like Chappaquiddick Ted serving a lifetime career in the Senate, do you? I didn't think so.
Posted by jurist24 9 years ago
jurist24
I think a lot of this revolves around whether a state or the federal government is setting term limits based upon its respective governmental body. For example, it would be patently unconstitutional for the federal government to set term limits on positions held by state legislators. Similarly, it would be equally unconstitutional for a state to limit term limits on its own legislators elected to Congress. The issue is a great deal more difficult to resolve than one might believe.
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