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Monday, July 20, 2009

the system or the people?

In Michigan (like many states) we've had debates and conversations for years regarding full-time legislature versus part-time legislature, term limits, and other technical and constitutional bits regarding the very structure of our state government. I have often argued that term limits were against the Founding Fathers' vision of a Democratic Republic where citizens are allowed and encouraged to elect representatives as often as they preferred; it is embarrassing that I argued that term limits were "unconstitutional" before I remembered that term limits are literally Constitutional in the state of Michigan. Yet having term limits does not change that the leftist and/or statist politicians can inflict great damage on liberty and that a part-time legislature can certainly contain destructive part-time legislators introducing destructive legislation. The structure of the political arena does not create these villains insomuch as the people choose to elect them.

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