But we don't need a Constitutional Convention to accomplish that. We have the vote. We can simply vote out of office every US Senator after two terms and every US Representative after five terms. This would restrict Senators to twelve years service and Representatives to ten years – which, in keeping with the spirit of the Constitution, allows Congressmen a longer period in office than the President's legal eight year tenure.
And let's face it: after ten or twelve years in Washington, any Congressman will be hopelessly infected with politicosis and totally useless to his home State constituents.
I am proposing the launch of a national imperative that I would call the 12-10 Project. 12-10 Commissions in each State would identify Senators and Representatives who had reached or exceeded the mandatory 12 or 10 years of service and urge them to step down. Should they refuse, the 12-10 Commissions would attempt to find a same-party challenger to run against them and would launch a voter initiative to vote them out of office.
With only 99 days to go until November 4th, it's too late to launch such a program this year. Besides, we need everyone with a big R behind their name in the Senate to dethrone Harry Red (sic), even John McCain.
But I will be thinking of ways to implement this idea over the next three months. Y'all think about it too, and if any of you have any suggestions, please go to the top of this post and leave a comment.
We've got to replace the "you can't fight city hall" mentality with "we must beat city hall!"