Burt Prelutsky
Because the entire process of appointing Supreme Court justices has become so politicized, many people would like to see the job description changed to include term limits. They seem to think that things would get better if, instead of lifetime sinecures, the justices would be limited to, say, 10 or 12 year appointments. Frankly, I’m of two minds on the subject. It all depends on whom we’re talking about. I’m certainly in no hurry to give Scalia and Thomas the boot, whereas in the case of Souter and Ginsburg, I’d gladly help them pack and drive them to the airport.

There’s another radical notion floating around these days. It seems the Democrats think it would be a swell idea to impeach President Bush. They seem to think he’s been over-zealous in waging the war on terrorism. I disagree with them. As I see it, if they’re wrong, we could all be killed by Islamic fanatics; if Bush is wrong, somebody in the F.B.I. might discover I just checked Somerset Maugham’s “Theatre” out of the public library.

I don’t happen to believe the president has broken any laws. It’s also my belief that his enemies would be just as willing to impeach him for jay-walking or splitting an infinitive if they could pull it off. I understand. That’s politics. The thing I can’t figure out about this plan of theirs is whether they are totally unaware of the rules of succession as spelled out in article two of the Constitution or if they really like Dick Cheney as much as I do.

Although I am undecided about term limits when it comes to federal judges, it’s a whole other matter when it comes to senators. And forget term limits, I’d do away with them entirely. What purpose do they serve? What do those hundred buffoons do that couldn’t be handled just as ineptly by that crowd of stiffs in the House?

When our forefathers were setting things up, they sought a way to balance things off so that the smaller states wouldn’t be totally overwhelmed by those states with much greater populations. But, let’s face it, it’s a notion whose time has come and gone. Between them, Alaska, Delaware, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming, have about as many people as Kentucky, but they have 12 senators, while Kentucky only has two. And Kentucky has only about a tenth the population of California. Does that seem fair? It sounds downright un-American to me.