Term limits have often been touted by Republican and Libertarian candidates as either a panacea, or merely a tactic, against bad government. Gary Johnson, whom I voted for, was for them. But I am against them.
It seems to me that Term Limits are an abridgment of Property Rights, if you consider your vote as a Property Right. Your vote chooses your representatives in Federal and State government, and since those entities unConstitutionally confiscate the fruits of your labor, your vote is a form of defense against an assault on your property.
That said, it then becomes necessary for the maintenance of this Jeffersonian Republic, utilizing democratic elections to choose its representatives, that the people be free to choose whomever they want for their representatives, as many times as they want. To abridge this Right is to assault the basis of the Jeffersonian Republic.
Therefore, I regard Term Limits as anti-Libertarian, not Libertarian.
There is another sinister aspect to Term Limits. Given the almost universal mediocrity of most Democratic and Republican Party politicians and legislators, it is truly a near miracle when any effective, clear-thinking politician achieves office. ( I can’t think of one currently serving.) Term limits are a trap to make sure that no effective legislator, — or de-legislator in the case of a Libertarian — or noisome gadfly politician — can stay in office long enough to really effect any change in policy, with that changed policy bringing about a better social order. Term Limits are a guarantee of confirmed mediocrity in the nation’s legislatures.
If you believe in democratic elections, how can you possibly deny to the will of the people in a district the inalienable Right to choose their Representatives in the various legislatures? It is the inalienable Right of the majority of voters in that district to choose whomever they want, as many times as they want. To deny this Right through Term Limits is an assault on the Property Rights of the voters, and should be resisted at the ballot box.
The only exception to this rule in America should be for the Presidency. To hold such power for more than eight years is too dangerous, and we should trust the Libertarian instincts of the Founding Fathers on this one. Never forget Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.
Now, should there be term limits on Governorships? After all, the Governor of a State is somewhat akin to the President of the Nation. I would again argue that, no, there should not be term limits on Governorships, but since the Governorship is an exceedingly powerful position, perhaps we should follow the Presidential precedent? Maybe the voters of each State should decide that issue?
Therefore, because they abridge our inalienable Property Right to vote for whomever we wish for our Representatives in Government, and because they can be so easily used to force out highly effective, or highly irritating, legislators, I believe Term Limits are anti-Libertarian infringements on our Natural Rights, and antithetical to good governance.
My platform can be found at: https://paulgrad4governor.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/paul-grad-libertarian-for-oregon-governor-my-platform/
Paul Grad, paulgrad4governor.wordpress.com