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To: Jim Robinson
Jim, check Post #34.

You are correct about what the Framers wanted, and what they wanted was tied very much to the concept of a republic. But the elections of 1800 and 1828 changed the focus from a republic to a broad-based democracy. That's why Jackson asked for 3 rather revolutionary amendments in 1829.

43 posted on 04/25/2007 3:43:44 PM PDT by Publius (A = A)
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To: Publius

Yes, I know and now we’re suffering the results of unintended consequences. I believe the framers debated direct elections of the senators and rejected it. In fact, if I recall correctly, the debate over the makeup and method of electing senators was nearly the deal breaker for the entire convention. It’s a shame the later generations didn’t fight the corruption rather than bastardising the system.


46 posted on 04/25/2007 3:57:45 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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