Amendment A: Aggregate Government Service

Term limits currently apply to the president: He or she cannot serve more than 2.5 terms.  (The half term would arise in cases where the role of president was taken over because of vacancy mid-term.)  Mark Levin’s proposal for this in The Liberty Amendments runs as follows:

SECTION 1: No person may serve more than twelve years as a member of Congress, whether such service is exclusively in the House or the Senate or combined in both Houses.

SECTION 2: Upon ratification of this Article, any incumbent member of Congress whose term exceeds the twelve-year limit shall complete the current term, but thereafter shall be ineligible for further service as a member of Congress.

I’d modify it to expand the scope:

SECTION 1: No person may serve more than twelve years as a civil employee of the federal government, whether such service is exclusively in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches or in any combination.

SECTION 2: Upon ratification of this Article, any already elected or appointed  person whose term would exceed the twelve-year limit shall complete the current term or appointment, but in no case shall such service extend beyond a total of six years from the date of ratification of this Article.

This one I’ve never seen before. I propose here that no one, outside of the military, can spend his life in government service and retire from it.

This will make government service less attractive. That’s part of the point. Another part is to encourage natural attrition, since positions for service at the federal level are expected to drop as a result of further amendments. The states, however, may find a use for some of them, as states will gain powers under this total scheme as you’ll see.

Note that this also affects Supreme Court justices, who may serve as justices for that or any other federal body for twelve years total. This will encourage SCOTUS appointments from state courts.

“But you’re creating a government by the inexperienced!” you might say. Perhaps, but look where a government of professional politicians and professional bureaucrats has taken us. Can we do worse?

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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