When voters are dissatisfied en masse with Congressmen, calls begin to be heard for term limits, but that may make the situation worse, particularly if a constitutional convention is called for the stated purpose.
While term limits may seem like a great idea to help limit the destructiveness of big-government politicians, term limits also force Constitution-abiding statesmen out of office. An educated electorate will elect genuine constitutionalists who abide by their oath of office. The short cut of term limits is not a long-term solution. The John Birch Society supports freedom at the ballot box and therefore opposes term limits.
Today in 2010 many newly-awakened activists are calling for term limits and a constitutional convention (often referred to as a con-con). The John Birch Society has been leading the fight against these tempting "cure-alls" for several decades now. This article, "Term Limits Temptation: Creating the Pretext for a Con-Con" by George Detweiler is a valuable summary of the arguments against term limits and a constitutional convention, and will be useful for constitutionalists as they fend off this new round of enthusiasm for term limits and a con-con. It was originally published in the June 10, 1996 issue of The New American magazine.