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Where do you stand on congressional term limits? Write a position statement agreeing or disagreeing with the Supreme Court's decision on the issue of congressional term limits.

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The Supreme Court argued that term limits violate the rights of the people to choose their representatives. However, the lack of competition for House and Senate seats also threatens the popular sovereignty of the people. Gerrymandering has helped ensure that most districts are safe districts and do not regularly have competitive elections. In the last few election cycles incumbents have been elected at rates in the high 80-90% of races. Non-competitive races where incumbents always win starts to resemble an oligarchy more than democracy. The 22nd amendment placed term limits on the office of president. This gives some precedent for a constitutional amendment that would also create term limits for Senators and Representatives.

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