James Madison correctly called Bills of Rights “parchment barriers” that were only as effective as the means to enforce them.
Take the 1st Amendment. Freedom of the press is near sacrosanct. It is, not because the 1st Amendment says so; it is enforced because politicians know they will be abused in the press if they ever try to seriously impinge it.
As for the 10th, the 17th Amendment removed the political institution, the Senate, designed to protect the 10th. As a result, the 17th effectively repealed the 10th and we are left with an overwhelming consolidated government that will eventually absorb our God given rights.
To begin a return to the Constitution of our Framers, the 17th must go.
Thanks for that — good points. I’ll factor that into my future thinking.