Elected Senators...the worst idea that the Founders never had.
This totally worthless part of government should be brought back to its original mandate or it should be abolished.
posted on 03/01/2013 7:08:27 AM PST
The founders were wise enough to realize that too much democracy was just as dangerous as too little. In fact if you read many of their early writings, they were deeply suspicious of giving voters too much power. They created a system where the people had could get rid of bad leadership, but not so much that every elected official felt compelled to bow to every public whim. We see what happens when you have a party (the democrats) who have built a majority out of catering to various interest groups and the good of the nation overall be damned.
posted on 03/01/2013 7:38:16 AM PST
The 17th Amendment guarantees we have one house for the people and one for millionaires only. This is not good!
posted on 03/01/2013 7:58:24 AM PST
(AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
posted on 03/01/2013 8:22:44 AM PST
There is actually a more attractive argument for hierarchical Federalism: improved representation, but only if a particularly abominable SCOTUS rulings are overturned.
The correct republican architecture of our governments would be if county boards of supervisors selected state senators, just as the States were to pick the US Senators. That way, if I had a good idea, I'd have a fairly direct line to the US Senate via my local County supervisor. This way of channeling information IMPROVES access to the highest levels, just as it does by respecting State sovereignty.
The grounds for the case? Article IV, Section. 4:
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,
Reynolds v. Sims
and Baker v. Carr
forced equal apportionment in every State Senate. They need to be tossed every bit as much as the 17th Amendment.
posted on 03/01/2013 8:08:56 PM PST
(The environment is too complex and too important to be "protected" by government.)
Even now, to declare in public that you think the whole of 1913 was one long, ghastly mistake is to be looked at as if you have just announced that the United States should consider restoring the British monarchy.
IMHO, we are at the point where a monarchy would be a definite improvement!
posted on 03/01/2013 8:09:42 PM PST
(nobama fact #69: For each job created by the nobama administration, 75 people went on food stamps.)
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