Some days I feel just like Ben Stein's character in Ferris Buellers day off, repeating the same line over and over again, hoping some one will stand up, take notice, and agree with me. However, I feel like Stein's character, I am told no one is here by that name, that no-one cares, so I started calling out another name for 3 minutes.
I would like to introduce you to the United States Constitution.
Article 1, Section 3, Clause 1 - "The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one Vote". This was the official way of electing Senators for nearly 130 years in the United States, there are two main reasons for it.
1.Because the United States was to be Republic, not a Democracy.
2.Because the way the Houses of Congress we're figured during the Constitutional convention, we're to have the House of the People, and the House of the States. That way both interests are heard.
During the "progressive" movement, a movement which believed that the Constitution was a worthless piece of a paper, which could be changed for any reason (not really, it is set law), they decided to destroy the proper procedure of electing Senators, and replace it with Democracy. That was the downfall for the Senate.
Though the seventeenth amendment is horrific, it did allow in case of a vacancy, the power of the chief Executive in the state (Governor) to appoint a replacement until the nearest election. As we have seen nearly four times already this year, and we will see at least two more times (with Senators Hutchison & Martinez stepping down from their positions in the Senate).
As always, we have idiots on both sides of the aisle who want to change the Constitution yet again, to require that special elections must be held for Senate vacancies among the various states. I highly disagree with this, because all Senators are suppose to be selected by the legislatures, because the federal government is only doing this to take away more power from the state, and because the cost of once again ignoring our Constitution, doing whatever we please, is an option that should not be on the table. Especially when it comes to the Articles of the Constitution, the rulebook of governing in Washington D.C..
I do favor adding amendments to the Constitution (though never touching the Articles, and never on this issue), however, the Constitution must never be changed for populist reasons, or to deprive the fifty states of more liberty, and thus the people in those states.
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