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Under the circumstances, may I suggest another means of encouraging probity in elective office. I refer to term limitations, which can serve ends beyond that of saving congressional souls. James L. Buckley#Another 62
James L. Buckley#Another 62
The kind of corruption the media talk about, the kind the Supreme Court was concerned about, involves the putative sale of votes in exchange for campaign contributions. James L. Buckley#Campaign 60
James L. Buckley#Campaign 60
If enough people openly engage in conduct once considered reprehensible, we rewrite the rule book and assume that God, as a good democrat, will go along. James L. Buckley#Assume 54
James L. Buckley#Assume 54
What people fail to appreciate is that the currency of corruption in elective office is, not money, but votes. James L. Buckley#Appreciate 50
James L. Buckley#Appreciate 50
Once it becomes impossible for members of Congress to make a career of legislative service, the temptation to bend a vote for whatever reason may yield to the better angels of their nature. James L. Buckley#Angels 46
James L. Buckley#Angels 46
This source of corruption, alas, is inherent in the democratic system itself, and it can only be controlled, if at all, by finding ways to encourage legislators to subordinate ambition to principle. James L. Buckley#Alas 43
James L. Buckley#Alas 43
The Court made an exception, however, in the case of candidates contributing to their own campaigns because of the rather reasonable presumption that a candidate is incapable of corrupting himself. James L. Buckley#Campaigns 36
James L. Buckley#Campaigns 36
I had hoped that the current presidential campaign debates might educate the public as to what is really involved in the ongoing controversy over campaign financing. James L. Buckley#Campaign 36
James L. Buckley#Campaign 36
I am persuaded that in the case of elected officials, the overwhelming temptation is to conclude that it is more important for your constituents that you be reelected than that you deal honestly with them. James L. Buckley#Case 34
James L. Buckley#Case 34
Given the difficulty of resisting such temptations over the longer run, a proper concern for the welfare of congressional souls may well be the ultimate argument in favor of term limitations. James L. Buckley#Argument 29
James L. Buckley#Argument 29
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