Just before the election, Trump revealed his plan for his first 100 days in office. I agree with most of it, disagree with some of it, but overall, I think he has excellent ideas to start his administration off, hope that he indeed ends up sticking to his pre-election plan, and also hope its release wasn’t pure election pandering.
However, there is one specific line item that he can and should focus on to start his term. It would be the best way to unite the entire country behind him, including those who hate him and are protesting against his victory, even some of the rich elites who campaigned for Hillary. It is a no-brainer idea that has been proposed by plenty of people in the past, and it just so happens to be the no.1 item listed on his agenda.
* FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress
The amount of broad support that Trump would receive for this platform would be incredible, and it would come from both sides of the political aisle. Congress has had approval rating percentages in the teens for years, and American citizens are fed up with career politicians who have no real accomplishments as politicians outside of lining their own pockets.
Yet, it can be expected that career politicians from both sides of the aisle will oppose this. They have buttered their bread and fattened their pockets at the expense of the voters for years, and they will do anything they can to prevent their gravy train from coming to an end. They will pull out the stops – making excuses about how speaker and committee chairs would be elected, how lawmakers would be gaining experience just around the time they are forced out, and what I’m sure would be a whole litany of excuses that would be splashed all throughout the mainstream media, mostly just to oppose Trump.
Just ask those congressional leaders who oppose term limits; if they’re such a bad idea, would they oppose amending the constitution again to remove Presidential term limits? Think of what they’d be risking – Trump doing a good enough job, that he gets elected for the rest of his life. Of course they would be against it. So then ask, if they oppose it for Trump, why would they oppose it for themselves?
Still, a congressional amendment is a hard thing to pass. It requires a 2/3rds vote in both houses of Congress, and then ratification by 3/4ths of state legislatures. A “ratifying convention” is also an option, but it was only used once, to pass the 21st amendment. It might not be possible at all to get done, considering you are asking a lot of representatives and senators to vote themselves out of a job. But, if there’s anyone who can pull it off, it’s Trump.
After all, he just won the Presidency, with the political deck and the odds stacked against him. He was able to do so through his masterful manipulation of the media, which was crucial to his victory, as his campaign war chest was significantly smaller than Hillary’s. When it comes to getting the public behind him, no one knows how to do it better than Trump; there is literally no better person to push this congressional amendment, and to whip the public behind the proposal. If he can get the people behind him, they will call their representatives and senators day and night, and Congress will find it increasingly difficult to go against their constituency.
Trump is perhaps the only person who can pull it off, and there is no better way for him to start his term and begin his crusade to “drain the swamp” than to attack the first item of his agenda as soon as he takes office.
It will take a superhuman effort, but isn’t that what it took for him to win the election in the first place?