The Self Made Pundit
Friday, September 27, 2002
While I have not seen any polls on the subject, I would wager that the majority of Americans have never thought of Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) as a latter-day FDR. In fact, I confess that I had never thought of FDR and Congressman Tom Tancredo as having much in common. Until today that is.
Just as FDR broke the two-term tradition for presidents as America faced entry into World War II, so is Congressman Tom Tancredo breaking his two-term pledge for the safety of the nation as it faces the war on terrorism. As reported by the Washington Post:
Citing an ongoing "threat" to the nation, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) said today he will no longer be bound by his pledge to limit himself to three terms.
"It is my deeply held, and now tremendously reinforced, belief that our nation is confronted with a physical, spiritual and philosophical threat that will require every ounce of our individual effort in its defense," Tancredo said.
I know that I speak for many Americans when I say I will sleep more soundly at night knowing that Congressman Tom Tancredo will continue to watch over the nation's security.
For those of you who think this is a cheap shot, you're wrong. I have long opposed term limits as fundamentally anti-democratic and have considered most term limits proponents who run for office to be hypocrites. The term limits movement of the 1990s was primarily a cynical ploy by Republicans whose views on the desirability of term limits "evolved" after they captured Congress and were faced with the prospect of term limits applying to them as well. I believe it is the patriotic duty of all Americans to ridicule term limits proponents who "selflessly" decide to break their pledges for the good of the country.