America’s founders included some of history’s greatest students of human nature. They worked tirelessly to erect enduring restraints on federal power, knowing full well that a centralized government in Washington would grow out of control if left unchecked.

But there was one thing our founders never imagined: The career politician. Once in, he or she will give away anything to remain in power — no matter the cost.

The Republican Party claims to be in favor of term limits. It’s right here in its platform.

But does anyone really expect the GOP to follow through? We don’t.

The key to changing Washington is changing the people we send there. That begins and ends with term limits. Without them, we know what we’re going to get: More of the same.

That we can’t afford. Literally.