There was a reason for the legislature of the various states to have ultimate control over who was the Senator. While it might be hard for progressives to swallow, but the Founding Fathers believed the United States should be a Republic for which it stands one Nation under God, and that includes the various states having an equal vote in the United States Senate.
The Founders established the House of Representatives to be the voice of the people, but the United States Senate was established to be the voice of the states, and the states alone. Being important for America, is that the people of the United States have a voice in the House, but it was just as important for the states to have an equal voice in the Senate, so legislation that infringed on the tenth amendment or was bad for the states, would be defeated.
Not to mention, the Founders believed in states rights, and that the states deserved just as much of a voice at the table via the Senate, as the people have via the House. Before the progressive era, the tenth amendment meant alot.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years, and each Senator shall have one vote. - 17th amendment to the United States Constitution.
During the progressive era, nothing was safe. Knowing that elected representatives of the United States Senate would oppose much of their agenda, progressives sought the destruction of all Constitutional barriers to their utopia agenda, including one of the longest standing passages in the Articles of the Constitution.
Because of that change, we now have Senators such as Senator Nelson of Nebraska, who ignores the will of the Nebraska people, Governor, and legislature without regard for the effects of horrific legislation on the populace. If the 17th amendment was to be repealed, we would have folks who were elected to represent the states as a whole, and restore another piece to the Republican form of government puzzle, which has been missing..
Repeal the 17th amendment? Right on! This is America, we are a Republic, not a damn Democracy.
What say you?
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