To: The Raven
At your local library ...
I'm afraid that with the 17th Amendment (1913 - Changing the Senate to not be explicitly elected by State legislatures, if I recall correctly) and subsequent liberalisms such as the Income Tax and The New Deal, that the Constitution, as written, no longer much helps our understanding of the political landscape.
As you mentioned the 17th earlier, visit this link sometime to see some of the reasearch done on this site on that issue.
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