To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
"However, would you want your Senators selected by Gray Davis, Goldberg, Herb Wesson and various other outcasts."
They were elected by the entire legislative body of the State (as I recall).
posted on 10/06/2003 5:35:15 PM PDT
by Mark Felton
("All liberty flows from the barrel of a gun")
To: Mark Felton
Before the 17th Amendment, states selected their U.S. Senators however they damn well pleased. Most Senators were elected by the state legislatures, though I believe some states had direct Senate elections among the voters. If a state wanted to have the governor select the Senators, then nothing would have prevented it from doing so.
Since the Civil War, American government has slowly moved away from such "indirect" elections of leaders and moved closer to full, direct democracy. In my opinion, such a system of government is incompatible with a constitutional republic such as the one our founding fathers created. Successful "leaders" have come to be defined as the ones who do the best job of pandering to the tastes of an electorate that is increasingly ignorant and vulgar.
Without the 17th Amendment, people like Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, and Trent Lott would never have been elected to the U.S. Senate.
posted on 10/06/2003 6:00:38 PM PDT
by Alberta's Child
("To freedom, Alberta, horses . . . and women!")
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