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I received a letter from former Sen. Greg Gregory requesting my support for his new candidacy for the S.C. Senate District 16 seat. I thank him for his mailing, but his re-entering the campaign mystifies me.
Gregory, at one time, voted for term limits. Sixteen years in office should suffice.
You see, I am a firm believer in term limits. As Thomas Jefferson once stated, “our electorate should go to Congress, see to the needs of our people, prepare for the country’s defense and return home to care to the needs of their family.”
They, by affirmative belief, did not want a legislator to serve forever, but to return home, proud of their accomplishments.
Term limits would eliminate professional politicians and bring new life to our federal and state governments, infusing new blood and new ideas into the legislative process.
My ideal limits, for both state and federal offices, as espoused by others, would be: Senator, 16 years, four terms; representative, 16 years, eight terms. These are my beliefs, that I think are the majority of other Americans, too. I recognize we, as South Carolinians, continued electing Strom Thurmond because of his power in Congress. But we need, by law, to be able to eliminate another candidate from running for office that long again.