My point being to others who say "well this isn't in the constitution so it shouldn't be illegal" isn't understanding the intent of the document.
As for term limits I think there are pluses and minuses to term limits. Career politicians seem to get wrapped up in the corruption and the establishment. However, they are now experienced - they know how the system works - how to write laws, manage their offices, etc. There is a learning curve to any job - so forcing new blood into the system you are going to get basically rookies on a regular basis. Congressmen have a term of only 2 years, so basically once they know their job they are up for re-election. Maybe not a bad idea to have term limits but allow them to be 12-18 years in office. That would prevent someone going for 30-40yrs in office, but at least they can get through the learning curve and hopefully be effective for a few terms before they limit out. Another down side is there will be many more retired politicians - which we pay them a pension and health insurance... So there will be more politicians on the pay roll.
Oh, I'm picking up what you're laying down. I am a firm Constitutionalist (and formally a liberal) and have seen that argument come from both ends of the political spectrum. Just because it isn't in the document does not mean it cannot be illegal... As long as it does not contradict the Constitution. Conversely, it also does not mean that what is in the Constitution applies to individuals (freedom of speech, for instance).
See, I was thinking a 10 year limit on terms for the House and 12 for Senate. Partly because it would prevent one from switching chambers immediately after their term ends. So far as the pension goes, I think that is sort of a wash. One serving 6 years is entitled to only $17,000 a year. One serving 10 years is entitled to around $47,000. However, a 30 year veteran of Congress walks away with nearly $140,000 per year. Though, they may not have that many years left after they retire.
I get the learning curve, but maybe....just maybe, we need fresh meat that is not savvy to the reindeer games played in the white stone halls of our government. The reason they are all in cahoots now is because they have all been participating in circle fests with each other for decades.
It wont happen though. They are the ones that would have to make the law. No way they would vote themselves out of a job.