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The '9 percent Congress' could revive the term limits movement

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A new Rasmussen Reports public opinion survey suggests that the time has never been better for the resurgence of a movement many in the national media have forgotten.

That movement is term limits, which was thought to have been killed forever by a 1995 Supreme Court decision on a 5-4 vote that states cannot limit congressional terms without amending the Constitution.

That decision took the wind out of the sails of what to that point had been one of the strongest grassroots movements ever. But the current Congress appears determined to breathe new life into the term limits movement.

Nine percent Congress

Rasmussen found only 9 percent of those surveyed things would improve in America if most members of the current Congress should be re-elected.

Seventy-two percent of the respondents said things would get better if most members of the current Congress were denied another term in office.

Curiously, 19 percent of Rasmussen's respondents were undecided. The survey interviewed 1,000 likely voters and has a three-percent margin of error.

Term-limits amendment

Among Jim DeMint's last acts as a U.S. senator before assuming leadership of the Heritage Foundation was introduction in the 112th Congress of a constitutional amendment limiting House members to three terms and senators to two.

DeMint's proposal went nowhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but an electoral convulsion that replaces most congressmen this November could produce a much more receptive legislative situation come January 2015.

If passage of such an amendment could somehow be gained in the new Congress, public disgust with career politicians and the mess they've made in the nation's capital could produce quick passage by most of the states.

For more information on this issue, U.S. Term Limits is the place to start.

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Mark Tapscott

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