RELIGION AND POLITICS

BYE, BYE, “CRAZY-EYES”!

Well, well, 4-term congresswoman, and failed Presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann has announced that she will not seek re-election next year. I guess she got bored with voting to repeal Obamacare 37 times, and wanted to finally try something new. Watch the video in all its glory:

The Huffington Post give some more possible reasons for why she’s really retiring HERE. But let’s assume I take her at her word, and believe the reasons she stated in her video. A few of the things she said stood out to me:

For some, a single two-year House term is enough service. For others, 10 terms, or two decades in the House is still not enough service. Our Constitution allows for the decision of the length of service in Congress to be determined by the congresspeople themselves, or by the voters in the district. However, the law limits anyone from serving as President of the United States for more than eight years. And in my opionion, well, eight years is also long enough for an individual to serve as a representative for a specific congressional district.

She has a point. I used to be opposed to term limits, thinking that if a politician was good at their job and the voters were satisfied enough to keep re-electing them, then that’s good enough. But now I do think that a certain amount of ennui sets in, the longer a person is in office. So that even the ones that enter politics with the best of intentions start becoming more concerned with just staying in office the longer they are there. My first change on this issue was when I was thinking that we should change the laws for the President. What if each President was elected to only one term, which lasted six years? Six years seems just long enough for a President to accomplish what they want to, without sticking around too long, in case they’re not good at the job. And this way the President does have to wait for a hopeful 2nd term to be more bold, just get in and focus, without having to worry about running for re-election. Of course, the downside of that is that if congress is opposed to the President, they can just stall everything and try to wait him or her out. So we’d need term limits for them, too. With congress, a limit of two consecutive 4-year terms, with 8 years total, might work better. So a congressperson gets elected, they have to run again in 4 years. If they win, the get a 2nd term and that’s it. If they don’t win or choose not to run the first time, they can run again 4 years later, but then if they win that’s it, they can’t run again. And give the Senate a limit of 1 consecutive 6-year term, as well.

Be assured, my decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to Congress. I’ve always in the past defeated candidates that were capable, qualified and well-funded. And I have every confidence that if I ran, I would again defeat the individual that I defeated last year, who recently announced that he is once again running.

I haven’t checked the polls in her district, but I suppose that is possible. But it’s also possible that she’s not as popular as she used to be, even in her home state. I was frankly surprised at how poorly she did in the 2012 Republican primaries. I thought she was the darling of the Tea Party Movement, and I figured she’d also get the voters who had been hoping for Sarah Palin to enter the race. Yet she ended up not even being able to beat Herman Cain. That was unexpected.

And I felt last year the Republicans had a significant opportunity to win both the Senate and the White House, and finally put our country back on the track of greatness and American Exceptionalism.

Ugh. That phrase, “American Exceptionalism,” bugs me. At least whenever it is uttered by one of these Conservatives, who have their warped sense of patriotism. It’s more like American Supremacy to them. Where we tell every other nation what to do. And of course, the decisions in America are made by the top 1%, becaue they’re the “job creators”.

Well, whatever the reason, I’m glad she’s leaving. One less Right Wing Wacko in the congress. Now let’s vote out as many more as we can in 2014!

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