Forget term limits, how about a cognitive test for politicians?


MINOT, N.D. — A petition campaign to implement term limits will be a big part of the debate in the coming election cycle in North Dakota.

The campaign, which at times has falsely portrayed itself as promoting term limits for Congress, is backed by out-of-state interests who have hired Minot-based, Trump-aligned Bastiat Caucus organizer Jared Hendrix as their in-state mercenary for the cause.

I oppose term limits. They represent an odious restriction on the electorate, born of the belief that voters are stupid and must have their options at the ballot box curbed.

Let me say that again: The proponents of term limits think you, the voters, are stupid.

We could all name politicians who we believe have been in office too long, but no politician can be in office for longer than the voters allow. As Mencken wrote, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

I’ll not sign on for initiatives that seek to protect voters from themselves.

But I am interested in something Sen. Bill Cassidy proposed in a recent interview, which is cognitive testing for officeholders.

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