You hear a lot about politicians breaking their promises. It’s a dog bites man story. Not terribly surprising.What politicians tell us when they’re still just regular people usually gets confused, complex and oh so costly when they begin to pursue a career in Congress.
But there are exceptions to the run-of-the-mill, slippery-tongued operators: those who take the term limits pledge. Most have kept their word over 80 percent of them. Now that’s a man bites dog story. Sure, a guy like George Nethercutt, who wins office on his term limits pledge and then betrays the voters, gets all the media attention. The vast majority who keep their pledge don’t get headlines for being honorable. But the few who break their word pay a heavy price.
As Rep. Bob Schaffer told fellow members of Congress, “You can lie under oath, you can look the American people in the eye and lie directly, you can sexually harass a subordinate in the Oval office, but break a term-limits pledge and you’re in real trouble.” Ask George Nethercutt his support has nose-dived along with his reputation.
The overwhelming majority have kept their term-limit promises to step down from power. They also keep other pledges they make. They act as citizen legislators, not career politicians. They fight the congressional establishment to do what they came to Washington to do. They’re not interested in politics for their own personal benefit. Ask the congressional candidates in your district if they’re willing to make the term limits pledge. That tells the story.
This is Common Sense.Â I’m Paul Jacob.