If you want a more powerful President Trump, impose term limits on Congress

October 19, 2016 9:04 AM

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If you want a more powerful President Trump, impose term limits on Congress

At a campaign appearance Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Donald Trump echoed Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America” by calling for a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on Congress. As his crowd reportedly went wild, Trump claimed that “Decades of failure in Washington and decades of special interest dealing must and will come to an end.” Trump’s campaign even created a new hashtag, #DrainTheSwamp.

Term limits have been an attractive idea as long as democracy has existed. One of the ancient Athenian legislatures, the Boule, imposed one-term limits on its members, with Aristotle arguing for a rotation of politicians that featured “All over each and each in turn over all.” Members of the first ...

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