From time to time, someone in Congress asks that the Constitution to be changed so that Presidents could be elected to more than two terms, thus repealing the 22nd Amendment. What about calling for term limits on members of Congress?
Fifteen state legislatures have term limits. Thirty-six governors are limited as well. Why not Congress? After the 1994 Republican Revolution in Congress, where the GOP won both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years, reform-minded Congressmen put term limits to a vote. The vote was in the form of a Constitutional Amendment in 1995. It failed. Then three other versions of term limit legislation failed in the House. After all, it would very difficult to pass a bill in the House, where you are asking the members themselves to support something that would put them out of work.
Some believe that term limits would bring a new face and new vision to the legislative body. With that new vision comes new ideas. Others say that term limits would unfairly limit the terms of those Congressmen and Senators who are doing a decent job for their constituents. It is sort of like saying that you wouldn’t want to throw out the good with the bad.
What are your thoughts on limiting the amount of terms a Congressman or Senator can serve? How many terms would you limit them to?
News bias is the ideological slant that you find in a news story. You may also find the same ideological slant in a column. A column is where you would find an opinion, and therefore, you would expect to find an ideological slant. In a news story, where you are supposed hear only the facts, you may find yourself listening to a reporter’s bias. Where do you believe that the bias in the media lies? Is the media, conservative, liberal, libertarian, or socialist?
According to Fridkin and Kenney, “negative campaigning is not uniform.” The mechanics related to negative advertising are based on three criteria:
1. The content of the negative message (issue driven vs. personality driven)
2. The source of the message (who’s running the ad: a candidate or an outside group)
3. The characteristics of the citizens hearing the message (political novices)
Which of the criteria above is the most important factor as to how successful a negative message will be?
You might be thinking, “There’s not a dime’s worth of a difference between the Republican and Democrat parties.” However, there has to be some sort of difference between the two, otherwise, you would have one political party instead of two competing parties. Where do you think the biggest difference arises between the two?
This week’s quote is attributed to the 9th President of the United States, William Henry Harrison. Harrison is notable for serving the shortest term of any President. He served for only 31 days after contracting pneumonia.
“There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.”
Here is an ad from 1960. Senator John F. Kennedy was running for President against Vice President Richard M. Nixon. In this ad, the Kennedy team decided to use President Dwight Eisenhower’s own words against Nixon. This is a classic “Them on Them” type of ad. Do you think a “Them on Them” ad is an effective ad to use in a campaign?
In 1940, Frank Gannett of the Gannett Media Corporation decided that he would run for President as a Republican. He did not receive the nomination, as he lost to Wendell Willkie for the nod. Gannett’s campaign was not a forceful one, and it did not lead to more media leaders running for President. With the talk that Donald Trump would seek the Republican nomination for 2016, it brings about a question: Do you believe that a media figure could run for President and be accepted as a serious candidate?