Time to Repeal the 17th Amendment

  When the Republic we know as the United States of America was created, the Founding Fathers were acutely aware of the dangers associated with both the tyrannies of the dictator and of the mob.  Representative democracies only work when the people and governmental interests are properly represented.   That is why the Founding fathers established the branches of the U S government the way they did. The President would serve as Chief Executive and was tasked with executing the federal laws passed by the Congress.  The Congress would meet as the great legislative body, and serve as the People’s check on the President.  The People were designated to choose their representatives to serve in the House of Representatives.  These representatives were apportioned by the population of the respective states.  The interests of the several States were to be represented by two senators each who would serve in the U S Senate, giving each state an equal voice.  The Senate was seen as the check and balance for the States against Federal tyranny.  Many of the problems that have befallen this great country in recent decades stem directly back to the progressive corruption of this necessary feature of the original U S Constitution.

  The modern progressive movement saw the States themselves as an impediment to the progressive agenda in the early 20th Century.  As such, they eventually pushed through a repeal of the Constitution regarding the selection of Senators with what became the 17th Amendment.  This amendment called for the direct election of senators by the people within each of the states.  Many of today’s political and economic issues are rooted in the federalization of the Senate.  Since the 17th Amendment was ratified, Senators have taken on the role of representing the People of the country as a whole and not the interests of their respective States.  This is the problem.  Senators pander to the populace.  Popular notions and national trends tend to obscure objective views within the electorate.  National media tend to focus on ‘national issues’ which are often at odds with what North Carolina or Rhode Island needs.

  A great many of the problems facing the citizens of this Nation have been caused by the progressive movement.  The rise of Federalism is but one of them.  It however is one that needs to be fixed, the sooner, the better.  It’s time to take back the power of government and return it to where it needs to be.  Repealing the 17th Amendment would be a great start.

About Charles Carroll

I am a wealthy planter, originally from Maryland, and an early advocate of independence from Great Britain. I served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and later as United States Senator for Maryland. I was the only Catholic and last surviving signatory of the Declaration of Independence.
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1 Response to Time to Repeal the 17th Amendment

  1. Goose says:

    I agree with the ideal of Repeal in theory, but in practice I don’t think it has a chance to happen. It would require the acceptance of ¾ of the Senators at one time, Senators that were chosen under the current rules. Even if the Senate was 100 Tea Partiers there is no chance [In my mind] that 75 would be willing to risk their office and power back to the state legislative body! So it will go on my wish list along with smaller government, less wasted spending and lower taxes which I don’t expect to happen during the rest of my lifetime.
    However I think your argument is weak. It is based on the theory that the state legislature is better qualified to pick a Senator than the citizens are but those self same citizens are the ones that select the legislative body in the first place. Having seen Love and Stone that is hard to balance against Jesse Helms, all selected by the citizens.

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