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To: Eastbound; Congressman Billybob
The 17th Amendment is valid, although I have seen at least one FReeper claim that it violates Article V. The states still have equal representation in the Senate even though the senators are elected by the people of the state, not its legislature.

At least that's how I read it.

21 posted on 04/25/2007 2:12:19 PM PDT by Publius (A = A)
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To: Publius
"The states still have equal representation in the Senate . . . "

I suppose it depends on what the definition of 'representation' is. Pretty difficult to re-call the wishes of the majority of voters, isn't it?

Whereas a simple phone call to D.C. would have resolved any problems back yonder. I'd say the states yielded their power and lost their checks and balances. Instead of equal partners, the states became siblings of a parent corporation.

29 posted on 04/25/2007 2:33:51 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: Publius
"The 17th Amendment is valid, although I have seen at least one FReeper claim that it violates Article V. The states still have equal representation in the Senate even though the senators are elected by the people of the state, not its legislature."

I don’t know if the founders intended the Senate to be direct representatives of the people per se. They set up the House of Representatives for that. I’m thinking the Senate was set up to represent the interests of the sovereign states, and to be a check on the “hot heads” in the House, and a check against the executive, and a check against runaway federal government, and (laughing here) a senior body of wizened statesmen of the highest moral character to ensure the longevity of the Republic. As it is now after the 17th, the states have all but lost their sovereign rights and powers and we do have a runaway federal government.

Great thread!

39 posted on 04/25/2007 3:22:07 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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