LYNCH: Term limit ben­e­fits

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - COMMUNITY -

and po­lit­i­cal cir­cles to be a vi­able po­ten­tial can­di­date for ei­ther ma­jor po­lit­i­cal party. Elect-abil­ity and the abil­ity to raise cam­paign funds from wealthy donors, for them­selves and the po­lit­i­cal party, are fac­tors that are fre­quently ig­nored but must be ac­knowl­edged.

I would not trade my ex­pe­ri­ence on the Quo­rum Court for any per­sonal fi­nan­cial gain. The op­por­tu­nity was unique, but it should, along with all po­lit­i­cal of­fices, carry term lim­its. I even tried to get other Repub­li­cans to run against me be­cause it would have pre­pared oth­ers for the ex­pe­ri­ence of pol­i­tics. Both I and the other per­son would have gained from the cam­paign ex­pe­ri­ence and the pub­lic would have been given a choice.

It is dif­fi­cult to ac­tively seek a po­si­tion un­less you are a very se­ri­ous con­tes­tant in the process of running. The cam­paign may prove the in­cum­bent is wor­thy of re-election or ex­pose the weak­ness of the ei­ther con­tes­tant, but as least the pub­lic has a choice. Be­ing “forced out of of­fice” through term lim­its can help level the play­ing field with new par­tic­i­pants and new ideas. It might even make an oth­er­wise ap­a­thetic voter want to seek po­lit­i­cal of­fice if they don’t face an of­fice­holder who sees the po­si­tion as a life-time job.

It is my opin­ion that the loss of ex­pe­ri­ence in a po­lit­i­cal of­fice is worth the lim­i­ta­tions im­posed by term lim­its. Why should we limit the Pres­i­dent of the United States to two terms but al­low se­na­tors vir­tu­ally un­lim­ited con­trol over their seats as in­cum­bents? The ques­tion of course, con­tin­ues to state and lo­cal of­fices.


Edi­tor’s note: Leo Lynch, an award-win­ning colum­nist, is a na­tive of Ben­ton County and has deep roots in north­west Arkansas. The opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor. He is a re­tired in­dus­trial engi­neer and for­mer Jus­tice of the Peace.

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