Are term limits for elected officials a good thing?

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This question can be answered in many different ways. In my opinion, it is a good thing to have term limits for elected officials for several reasons.

First, from the point of view of human nature, I believe that term limits are good. I tend agree that absolute power has a great ability to corrupt people. Term limits prohibit this, because all terms will come to an end. Through term limits, we are able to check the impulse of tyranny.

Second, term limits are also beneficial when it comes to incompetent people in office. Some politician may be honest but completely ineffective. When this happens, term limits allow the government to restart.

Third, term limits are also beneficial, because it allow other capable and good people to run for office.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Term limit laws are attractive at first glance, but are probably not the best idea ever.

Term limits seem like a good idea because they would allow us to get new faces and new ideas into our legislatures.  They would also stop people from being career politicians who care only about getting reelected.

But term limits also would give more power to interest groups.  We would have all of these legislators who are inexperienced and don't really know that much about what they're doing.  They would have to rely on people like lobbyists to help them out and give them information on the bills they were considering.  Would that really be good for our democracy?