Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $24,864
28%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 28% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: 17thamendment

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Why Your Vote Hasn’t Mattered Since 1913

    10/07/2018 7:29:48 PM PDT · by vannrox · 120 replies
    The daily bell ^ | 6OCT18 | By Joe Jarvis
    “No taxation without representation!”That was a popular phrase during the decades leading up to the Revolutionary War. Colonists thought it was unfair to be taxed and subjected to English rule without consent.Today Washington DC hands down laws and taxes to every one of the 320 million people living in the United States.And just like under English rule, we are not represented in the federal government.Now I know what you’re thinking… we have the right to vote for our leaders.Our votes send Representatives, Senators, and the President to Washington DC. And they represent our interests in government. US Representatives are...
  • George F. Will column: The president who knew too little about the Electoral College

    05/04/2018 6:41:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | May 2, 2018 | George F. Will
    Among the recent garbled effusions from today’s temporary president — cheer up; they are all temporary — was one that concerned something about which he might not have thought as deeply as the subject merits. During an episode of government of, by, and for “Fox & Friends,” he said: He won the 2016 election “easily” but wishes the electoral vote system were replaced by direct election of presidents by popular vote. He favors this “because” — if you were expecting him to offer reasons drawn from political philosophy or constitutional theory, grow up — “to me, it’s much easier to...
  • Girl, 9, unknowingly hands out THC-laced candy to classmates, school says

    01/21/2018 6:06:57 AM PST · by familyop · 251 replies
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A 9-year-old girl unwittingly ate, and handed out to other classmates, THC-laced candy, school officials said. The girl brought the candies to school last Thursday and said she could not see...The student who brought them to school did not know they were medicinal...
  • Congress Job One

    01/20/2018 9:31:33 AM PST · by IndispensableDestiny · 11 replies
    Job One. Congress has one task mandated by the Constitution: ensuring that the Federal Government has funds appropriated to continue operations. Click on the links in the column on the right. The last time all appropriations bills were passed individually prior to the start of the fiscal year was 1994. The last time the spending laws were passed on time was 1996, but that included an omnibus appropriation.
  • A Senate of the States – The 17th Amendment Part III

    01/04/2018 2:10:11 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 4th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Progressives Blow Up the Framers’ Constitution. Despite the lessons of history, Progressives promote ever more democracy, which, unless tempered and limited, is like turning one’s household over to the majority rule of teenagers. Is this household arrangement fair? Sure. It is also idiocy which no parent would consider. A senate of the states, and not the parchment barriers of the Constitution stood athwart democratic rule by social justice emotions little different from that of the typical teenager.What was the 17th Amendment (17A) supposed to do? The post-17A senate was to respond to the people’s needs, and free the senate...
  • A Senate of the States - The 17th Amendment Part II

    12/28/2017 12:36:40 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 28th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In opposition to the Framers, late 19th century progressives promoted a new purpose, and a new foundation for the senate. Rather than block the will of the people, the new senate should facilitate their will. To facilitate their will, it follows that senators must, like representatives, stand for popular election. In 1891, Senator David Turpie (D-IN), said that direct election, “would serve the needs, wants, aims, and aspirations of the masses of men in our communities to be more faithfully reflected, more clearly imaged forth in the laws of the country and administration.” Self-interest led the House of Representatives to...
  • A Senate of the States - The 17th Amendment

    12/21/2017 12:54:36 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 21st 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In continuance of the Senate of the States series, the next three squibs leave the Federal Convention and visit the decades leading to the destructive 17th Amendment (17A). The 17A triggered a cascade of stunning downwind consequences, perhaps only second in effect to the immediate post-Civil War amendments. As opposed to the 13th – 15th Amendments which reset society, the 17A reset our republican governing form. Overnight, the 17A transformed the Framers’ exquisite compound democratic/federal structure into a democratic form deadly to republics.1 Why the 17th Amendment? What enormous forces convinced the people, states, and congress to trade a proven,...
  • US Senator John McCain is proof positive that we need to repeal the 17th Amendment

    11/21/2017 12:32:38 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/21/17 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    End the 17th Amendment, and take away power from Washington DC The new class of United States Senators like John McCain, the ones taking on the Swamp in the Republican Party, want to put an end to the Third House, the special interests, the K and J Street lobbies which put their individual, perverse interests at the direct expense of the American citizenry. As a reminder, here is the text of the 17th Amendment:
  • To Avoid Debacles Like Roy Moore, Repeal The 17th Amendment

    11/17/2017 5:51:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 113 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 16, 2017 | John Daniel Davidson
    With less than a month to go before AlabamaÂ’s special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican candidate Roy Moore refuses to quit the race amid fallout over credible allegations of sexual assault dating from the 1970s, including that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.Some polls still show Moore leading his Democratic opponent Doug Jones, while a poll conducted by the National Republican Senate Committee earlier this week shows Moore trailing Jones by 12 points.Senate Republicans are calling on Moore to withdraw from the race, saying...
  • A Senate of the States: June 12th – June 13th, 1787

    10/19/2017 1:37:59 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 19th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As of June 12th, the evolving senate still had no powers beyond those of the Confederation. Additional powers arrived after delegates determined its institutional shape and characteristics. At issue was the senate’s relationship with the lower house and the executive branch. Governor Randolph reminded the committee “the democratic licentiousness of the state legislatures proved the necessity of a firm senate.” The best model was the senate of Maryland, which consisted of fifteen members appointed to five-year terms by an electoral college of two electors from each county and one each from the cities of Baltimore and Annapolis. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryland_Senate] Yet, even...
  • A Senate of the States Part I: May 25th – May 31st, 1787

    10/09/2017 1:36:24 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 9th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In this series I will relate the debates at the Federal Convention surrounding the structure and responsibilities of the US Senate. We’ll find that the Framers assigned the new government its functions, beyond those of the Confederation Congress, after the convention determined the mode of senatorial elections and the number of senators per state. Like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle, the structure and powers of the various pieces of government shaped, and were shaped by, the checks and balances between the three branches and the states. The shape of each piece influenced the shape of adjacent pieces. The pulling of...
  • THE 28TH AMENDMENT 'REBALANCING'

    09/27/2017 6:17:05 AM PDT · by Hostage · 39 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | September 27, 2017 | Hostage and others
    September 27, 2017 A summary of understanding the issue is as thus: THE 17TH AMENDMENT ALLOWED VOTERS TO 'HIRE' THEIR US SENATORS DIRECTLY WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT FRUITS WOULD BE CREATED. A RECALL POWER ALLOWS VOTERS TO 'FIRE' THEIR US SENATORS ONCE THE ROTTING OF FRUITS BECOMES VISIBLE, BUT RECALL IS NOT SUFFICIENT. VESTING BOTH HIRING AND FIRING IN VOTERS LEADS TO DENIAL AND TENSION IN THE 'FOG OF DISTANCE' AS ROTTEN FRUITS BECOME ALTERNATELY VISIBLE, THEN HIDDEN, THEN FORGOTTEN, SOWING CONFUSION AND FRUSTRATION. A THREE-WAY SYSTEM OF ACCOUNTABILITY REMOVES THE FOG OF DISTANCE AND ALLOWS FOR INSPECTION AND REMOVAL OF...
  • Huckabee calls for repeal of 17th Amendment after healthcare failure

    07/30/2017 1:30:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 28, 2017 | John Bowden
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Friday called for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and the return to senators selected by state legislatures after the Senate GOP's effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare died in a late-night vote. The 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913 and established the popular election of senators. Previously, senators were elected by state legislatures. @GovMikeHuckabee Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states and respect 10th amid The Senate's "skinny repeal" of ObamaCare failed late Thursday night by a vote of 51-49. The...
  • The Bitter Harvest of the 17th Amendment

    04/07/2017 1:57:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 47 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | April 7th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Our once Free Republic continues to reel from a one hundred and four-year-old mistake: the 17th Amendment. Pardon me if I don’t celebrate tomorrow’s anniversary. Republican theory demands the consent of the governed. From ancient Greece, republican Rome, Saxon Germany, and the English kingdom from which we declared our Independence, the component members of their societies had a place at the lawmaking table. Greek ecclesia, Roman tribunes and senators, Saxon Micklegemots, English commons, lords and king, encompassed the totality of their societies. By this, the consent of the governed was present in every law. Unlike simpler Greek or Saxon societies...
  • DONALD CONKEY: Electoral College versus popular vote

    12/15/2016 7:45:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Cherokee Tribune and Ledger-News ^ | December 14, 2016 | Donald Conkey
    Because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College, there are now voices clamoring for America to abandon the Electoral College and become a pure democracy with the winner of the presidential election by popular vote. Not a good idea. In fact it is a very bad idea. Americans should remember that the United States is not a democracy — it is a federated form of government where the role of the federal government is limited to delegated powers by the Founders. This action was then solidified by the 10th Amendment that declares “The powers not delegated...
  • The Role of States, as States, in the Electoral College

    12/09/2016 7:46:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Cato At Liberty ^ | December 9, 2016 | Roger Pilon
    Of all those whose predictions were dashed by this year’s presidential outcome (“Trump is headed toward a major loss” his Oct. 19 headline blared), few have been more exercised than the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne (“white identity politics and male self-assertion triumphed” he railed the day after). Yesterday, in a piece titled “America will soon be ruled by a minority,” he joined the chorus now condemning the “undemocratic” Electoral College—in the name of the Founders, no less, the very men who created it. Ever the good progressive, he fails to appreciate the role states were meant to play in ordering...
  • Law Professor: 17th Amendment 'Disenfranchised States'

    12/06/2016 2:31:55 PM PST · by george76 · 66 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 6, 2016 | Amy Furr
    The 17th Amendment, which allowed the popular election of U.S. senators, “disenfranchised” state legislatures and altered the U.S. Constitution's checks and balances, Chapman University Law Professor John Eastman told an audience of state legislators in Washington, D.C. last week. The amendment made it easier for Congress to pass legislation, which eventually led to the massive growth in federal power that the states are still grappling with today... “What the founders did is come up with this counterintuitive notion that adding an extra layer of government would provide less government and greater liberty. And it only worked if those governments were...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment to stop secession

    11/19/2016 5:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Repeal the 17th Amendment Yahoogroups | November 15 | Brian Duffy
    All: Thanks for responding. Paul, I agree with you, but there is a part of me that believes there might be something we can do. Dan, I agree with some of you your points, mainly the first, which is where I see my effort moving toward. Though, I am not sure how you measure the “corruptness” of the states verses the federal government. I consider the states nothing more than vassals of the federal government, some more than others. Lee, I am serious only to a point. In that I agree with Dan and I see this as first an...
  • Abolish the Senate. It’s the only way to rein in modern presidents.

    08/30/2016 7:37:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 154 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 30, 2016 | John Bicknell
    With the prospect of a President Donald Trump or a President Hillary Clinton on the horizon, the growing trend toward the executive acting without the consent of Congress is troubling to all political stripes. Both parties claim to worry about a strong presidency, at least if the other party is in the White House. That trend has been exacerbated by President Obama, but it certainly didn’t start with him. With the exception of Calvin Coolidge, every president of the 20th and 21st centuries contributed to the problem. Many proposals to address the imperial presidency have been floated over the decades....
  • Utah Lawmakers Call for Seventeenth Amendment Repeal

    05/20/2016 8:04:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | May 20, 2016 | Matt Hurley
    Utah lawmakers recently approved a resolution calling on Congress to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing the Seventeenth Amendment. Ratified in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution established direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote. Before the amendment’s ratification, senators were elected by state legislatures. The resolution, approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the state’s lieutenant governor for filing in March, was sponsored by state Sen. Alvin Jackson (R-Highland). ‘A Formal Check’ Todd Zywicki, a professor of law at George Mason University, says the Seventeenth Amendment removed a necessary safeguard against...