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term limits, Illinois, Bill Rauner, illustration

The Big Phony

In 2014, Bruce Rauner won the top job in Illinois politics leading a term limits ballot initiative. The initiative garnered 600,000 voter signatures, more than enough to go to voters. But House Speaker Michael Madigan, the one man running Illinois (into the ground), recruited a henchman to file suit. After






Paul Jacob, Gary Johnson, FreedomFest, 2016, Nevada, illustration

Who’s the Boss?

This week, Republicans have chosen Donald Trump to be their standard-bearer. Next week, Democrats will nominate Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate. But the only candidate on your ballot to take the U.S. Term Limits pledge is Gary Johnson, the Libertarian. Last week, I rubbed elbows with the former two-term






Tom Paine, Thomas Paine, Laurent Dabos

Trying Our Souls

In Common Sense, his incredible hit pamphlet of 1776, Tom Paine appealed to “the inhabitants of America”: O ye that love mankind! . . . Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. Europe






term limits, indictments, democracy, elections, meme, Congressman Chaka Fattah, illustration

Indicting Incumbency

How does that old, pithy anti-term limits slogan go, again? “We already have term limits, they’re called indictments!” Wait . . . is that it? Must be. This election year — the year of the outsider, the year of unbridled contempt for establishment, Washington, D. C., politicians — has seen






Markwayne Mullin, term limits, lies, Oklahoma, politicians, lie

Incumbent Upon Heaven

Many who pledged to limit their terms in Congress have gotten elected and, then . . . actually kept their word. Yet, with the temptations of power, combined with the acute narcissism of politicians, not a few have flung their honor aside to break their promise. Four years ago, Oklahoma






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Adults for America

The answer to what ails us is . . . us. Oh, we can say it is the fault of politicians — and we’re not wrong — but turning to the cause of a problem for its solution is . . . problematic at best. Our politics is a tug-of-war,






Obama, Seinfeld, coffee, cool, Common Sense

Cool Car and Hot Coffee for President Cool

The President of the United States claims to be very popular with “the zero to eight demographic.” The kids like his name, which they say in an unbroken string of syllables: Barackobama. Politics is a lot like football. Teddy Roosevelt was the coolest president . . . until Barackobama. All






Tim Jacob, Arkansas, term limits, Common Sense, illustration

In-Nate Problem

My brother, Tim Jacob, blames me for sucking him into politics. And I have reason to feel guilt, for politics is filled with — ugh — politicians. Back in 1992, I urged Tim to join Steve Munn and Lance Curtis, who were launching a petition drive to put term limits






Arkansas State Senator, Jon Woods, tricks, deceive, elections, Common Sense

The Reign of Trickery

Arkansas State Sen. Jon Woods’s reign of trickery is ending. As reported Monday, he has chosen not to seek another term in the legislature. It’s ironic. Woods defrauded Arkansas voters with a deceptively worded 2014 ballot measure. His successful scam weakening term limits allows him to stay in the Senate






Arkansas State Senator, Jon Woods, term limits, Arkansas, pay raise, disgrace, election, illustration

Cheaters Never Prosper

“I want to go home,” Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods whimpered. The poor, pitiful politician — announcing he would not seek election to another legislative term — cried that he had not “been fishing with [his] brother in a year.” “I have friends in my district who I miss,” he






Term Limits, meme, illustration, congressional approval rating, re-election rate

We already have term limits, you moron…

Uhmmm,Yeah. So…how’s that Been working out for you? (Public Approval Rating for congress: 15% | Re-election rate for congress: 90%) Click below to get a high resolution version of this image (suitable for printing and sharing)   Photo credits (endorsement of this message is not implied): cc Randy Stern on flickr / cc






Congo-Brazzaville’s president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, Nguesso, Africa, democracy, voting, elections, collage, photomontage, illustration, JimGill, Paul Jacob, Common Sense

Congo Prez Prizes Service

Congo-Brazzaville’s president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, is quite the statesman. He’s actually done what many an illustrious American pol with an obsession about “campaign finance” would merely like to do, but cannot (that darn First Amendment!): prohibited all talk about politics prior to the next election. Indeed, the government has shut






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