ATLP has been created because special interest money controls so much legislation. Congressional term limits would lessen that control.
Alexander Hamilton said, “The security intended to the general liberty consists in the frequent election and in the rotation of the members of Congress.”
The security intended by the Founders has been eroded because special interest money now empowers incumbents to stay in office for decades. And as Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt, absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely.”
The Democratic and Republican parties are organizations benefiting from special interest money. They have not enacted congressional term limits because of that benefit, even though many polls reveal that 75-85% of Americans want term limits.
Term limits will have benefits beyond reducing the power of special interest money. Congressional officeholders will be less distracted by endless fundraising and therefore have time to focus on the work that needs to be done. They will spend less time forging links to special interests and have more time for their constituents. There will be less corruption.
ATLP is totally committed to Congressional term limits. That means not just talking about term limits while campaigning, but always working tirelessly for them.
One example of the benefit of term limits: ATLP submits that unaffordable health care costs, now 18% of GDP, are due to special interest legislation. Those costs can be reduced 50%. Read ATLP’s plan to lower health care costs. That plan will benefit individuals needing health care, taxpayers funding health insurance for millions of government employees and Medicare and Medicaid recipients and American companies competing with foreign companies for exports.
ATLP will also work to produce a constitutional amendment to restore the power of the voter by eliminating SuperPacs. The Supreme Court has wrongfully ruled that special interests can spend unlimited amounts to advertise political “free speech” and thereby control primaries and elections.
Massachusetts Is A Great Place for ATLP To Start
The electorate is 37 % Democratic, 13% Republican and 50% Independent. We welcome all who are concerned by our worrisome national debt, gridlock and senseless partisan politics. Join us today if you want real reform.