Politics has become a new profession.

The trend creating “career politicians” has been growing for decades, and has surely contributed to the entrenchment of power in DC and its separation from the will of the American people.

Cris Cillizza of The Washington Post states, “There are many more people populating our state legislatures and U.S. Congress who have never done anything outside of being a professional politician than there were even a few decades ago.”

David Mendoza has made a revealing chart to show just how large a shift has occurred. He compiled data on politicians’ job background, including Representatives and Senators from the 89th Congress in 1965 through the 113th in 2013, and categorized the jobs members had before being elected. Here’s what it looks like:

in the House:

and for the Senate:

Especially interesting is the decline in military veterans compared to career politicians. Who would you trust more to preserve American freedoms in legislature – those who have already taken risks to protect them, or those who are used to having power and using it to shape our country into their own vision of what it should look like? Would you rather have representatives who are thinking of their constituents’ interests, or how they can best advance their own career?

How did this trend get so out of hand? And how do we get back?

Here are some ideas.

Term limits for members of Congress have been championed by various groups for some time now, but there’s just one problem – such limits would have to be passed by Congress, which is, by definition, entirely made up of politicians. Does anyone think they’d be likely to vote to send themselves home?

Advocacy organizations like U.S. Term Limits have tried getting a measure through the federal legislature. They even convinced 39 newly-elected representatives in 1994 to sign a self-limiting pledge. Not surprisingly, a third of those broke their pledge. As we learned from Lord of the Rings, those who have power are reluctant to give it up.

As a Watchdog.org headline put it, “most everyone seems to agree on term limits but career politicians.” Seventy-give percent of voters support limiting Congressional terms, but the politicians in Washington, D.C. will never allow that to happen. The only way to reign them in is for the people to do it themselves.

As it happens, our Constitution allows for the people to take action precisely in situations such as this. A Convention of States as outlined in Article V of our Constitution provides for states to propose amendments outside of Congress. This is the method that U.S. Term Limits has since endorsed. State representatives propose amendments in the Convention, which are ratified by the states just as an amendment proposed by Congress. If three-quarters of Americans agree that term limits should be in place, such an amendment would be sure to pass.

And career politicians couldn’t do anything about it but wonder what happened as they pack their bags and head back home.

This article first appeared on Breitbart.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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