Maybe you’re like me — you’d gladly ballyhoo term limits even if you don’t get handed $10,000. But if you want the ten grand, too, here’s your chance: An outfit called Our Generation is holding a video contest to find the best 60-second ad promoting congressional term limits. The deadline is December 1, 2010. Contest guidelines are posted at aboutourgeneration.org.
Here’s an idea you can use with my compliments: Attack the fallacies. Certain clichés about term limits get repeated so reflexively they sound more like mantras than arguments. Your ad could starkly juxtapose fallacy with reality, highlighting the silliness of the claims.
One such mantra is “We already have term limits, they’re called elections.”
Of course, elections too frequently prove hollow affairs, with incumbents standing for re-election, and standing again for re-election. Especially at district level, incumbents often suffer no major-party opposition or only nominal opposition. Your video could show clips of politicians asserting “We already have term limits, they’re called elections,” alternating with clips of reporters announcing that Congressman So-and-so is running unopposed. Back and forth, back and forth, faster, faster. You could probably squeeze at least 20 into a 60-second ad. Would take some research to get the clips, but the supply is endless.
We also hear a lot about how term limits eject experience. Experience doing what? What our Congress has been up to the last few years? Well, you take it from there.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.