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  • Post Check on Liberty - The US Senate

    01/01/2009 8:51:08 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies · 1,104+ views ^ | Dec 31, 2008 | by JimBeers7
    The US Senate is arguably the strongest governmental entity in the world designed to preserve and protect the liberty and freedoms that have been the hallmarks responsible for the most envied society in the history of the world, the United States of America. In addition to the power to create laws and appropriate money like the US House of Representatives, the Senate alone has the power to approve Treaties and to determine who sits on the US Supreme Court. Think about the far-ranging impacts of these two powers. Treaties become “the law of the land” thereby overruling the Constitution. Think...
  • Superdelegates And The 17th Amendment

    02/18/2008 2:30:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 234+ views
    The Liberty Papers ^ | February 18, 2008 | Brad Warbiany
    The Democratic Party is finding itself in a very strange position. They’re approaching a potential situation where neither of their candidates have enough elected delegates to secure the nomination, and the race will turn to the superdelegates to decide. Primary results can then be trumped by the say-so of the “party elites”. Thus, the party who complained that Al Gore “really won” the 2000 election due to the popular vote may nominate Hillary Clinton, who now looks unlikely to win the national Democrat popular vote or the elected delegate count. The schadenfreude of watching the Democratic Party put into a...
  • The Question Is, Do You Want To Keep It?

    12/09/2007 6:39:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 203+ views
    Chuck Shiflett ^ | October 21, 2007 | Chuck Shiflett
    In last week's column I highlighted comments made to the Financial Times of London by U.S. Comptroller General David Walker in which he compared the current political, social, and economic situation in the United States to that of the Roman Empire shortly before its collapse. I heard from a number of readers in response to the column… Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians. While a couple of folks used the opportunity to plug a particular presidential candidate or legislative issue, almost all were in agreement that things in our nation must change drastically and quickly. Despite a booming economy, low unemployment, and...
  • The worst amendment

    12/08/2007 7:35:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 201+ views
    Musings of a Rogue Federalist ^ | October 11, 2007 | Christopher
    There are very, very few things about the Constitution that I would just outright change. There are lots of very important areas where reasonable people can differ, with enormous consequence, and I would certainly like to see those clarified, but that's not what I mean here. Here I'm talking about things in the current Constitution, as amended, that are just plain wrong. The first and foremost among these is the 17th Amendment. If I could change one thing about the Constitution, it would be to clarify the meaning of "general welfare". If I could change two, though, the second would...
  • Repeal 'em all

    12/07/2007 6:17:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 214+ views
    The Cranky Conservative ^ | October 4, 2007 | The Cranky Conservative
    Regular Guy Paul linked to an Ann Coulter column suggesting that if we took the vote away from women, we'd never have another Democratic president.  I'm almost tempted to sidetrack this post because I caught a hilarious comment in the comments section that rebutted the notion that fascism is a leftist ideology - it most definitely is - but that's for another day. I'm not even interested in Coulter's comments per se, considering they were mostly tongue-in-cheek, but something that Paul said caught my attention. Generally speaking, I would support repealing all the Constitutional amendments of the 20th century. So...
  • Write-in candidate offers third option in 5th District race

    11/27/2007 10:25:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 174+ views
    Mobile Advertiser Tribune ^ | November 27, 2007 | Kevin Risner
    Napoleon resident John F. “Jack” Green is 78 years old and runs about three miles every morning. He also is running for Congress in the 5th District special election as a write-in candidate. “I’m running because I can’t lose. I can only win,” Green said. “How can you lose something you never had?” While Green’s name will not be on the ballot, the names of State Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, and Democrat Robin Weirauch of Napoleon will be. Green said he ran for the same congressional seat six or eight years ago, when no Democrat candidate was running. Green,...

    11/05/2007 6:11:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 186+ views
    States' Liberty Party ^ | 1989 | John MacMullin
    In Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority,1 the Supreme Court held that state interests are more properly protected from federal encroachment by the procedural safeguards found in the federal political process rather than by judicially defined limitations.2 Justice Powell, in a strong dissent, asserted that the majority's decision reduced the tenth amendment to "meaningless rhetoric."3 In explaining its decision, the majority observed that State governments, through equal representation in the Senate, retain sufficient influence over the federal political process to insure their autonomy and sovereign interests.4 The Court, however, recognized that the seventeenth amendment, which provides for the popular...
  • Larry Sabato Doesn’t Understand the Constitution

    11/01/2007 6:32:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies · 144+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 19, 2007 | Matt Mayer
    In an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times on October 10, 2007, University of Virginia Professor Larry Sabato argues for scrapping our Constitution and replacing it with a new one. He couldn’t be more wrong. In support of his call to redo the Constitution, Sabato trots out a quote from Thomas Jefferson positing that a constitution is only good for nineteen years. The quote comes from a letter Jefferson sent to James Madison on September 6, 1789. In his response, Madison raised several fundamental flaws to Jefferson’s (and Sabato’s) reasoning. The one most applicable to our times is this...
  • Democracy a misnomer for what was created

    10/30/2007 5:17:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 187+ views
    Martinsville Reporter-Times ^ | October 22, 2007 | Allen Davis
    Many people with whom I talk about politics with are stunned by my constant assertions that America is not supposed to be a democracy. I credit public education for this. The fact is that most people are almost totally ignorant of history and completely brain-dead about the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers did not give us a democracy, nor did they intend to. They were very well-educated men (especially by today's standards), and they knew, historically, democracies had never worked, even on the small scales when they had been attempted. They knew if democracy wouldn't work on the small scale of...
  • Defending The 17th

    10/29/2007 7:14:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 349+ views
    Redstate ^ | December 2006 | Dan McLaughlin
    It's a hardy perennial in the more philosophically-oriented conservative circles, despite its manifest political infeasibility: the argument that the Seventeenth Amendment should be repealed or should never have been passed. While this argument does have its virtues, I disagree. Regardless of whether it was a good idea at the time, repealing the 17th Amendment today would only weaken the mechanisms that are essential to conservative policies and conservative philosophy. Specifically, restoring to state legislatures the power over the election of Senators would make the Senate less directly accountable to the people and insulate the federal courts even further from public...
  • Don't Just Keep the Electoral College; Repeal the 17th Amendment

    10/25/2007 3:50:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 659+ views
    Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | December 2000 | Sheldon Richman
    In the heat of the electoral controversy — the worst possible time to make constitutional decisions — many people, such as Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, are calling for an end to the Electoral College. Big mistake. Someone once said, Don’t knock down a wall merely because you cannot immediately see what it’s good for. The same can be said for the Electoral College. We should keep in mind that the Founding Fathers were of somewhat better caliber than the politician you are likely to see on television, including those with presidential ambitions. The Electoral College was not an idea floating...
  • The Elegant Campaign Finance Reform

    01/31/2002 2:36:49 PM PST · by Political Junkie Too · 26 replies · 1,755+ views
    1/29/02 | Political Junkie Too
    If you really want to use Enron and Global Crossing to shape the political environment forever, then push the following elegant campaign finance reform solution: Repeal the 17th amendment to the Constitution. Passed in 1913, the 17th Amendment made the Senate directly electable by the people. Prior to this, the Senate was appointed by each State Legislature. The Founding Fathers wanted the Senate to be the States' representation in Congress -- the House was the people's representation. The Founding Fathers made the Congress a two-chamber house for a reason. They wanted new legislatation to be passed by both a majority ...
  • The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy

    10/23/2007 10:12:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 135+ views
    Social Science Research Network ^ | 2006 | Zvi. S. Rosen
    Abstract: "The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy" analyzes the shift in the role of the Supreme Court following the movement towards a democratic Senate which culminated in the Seventeenth Amendment. The Supreme Court's shift is presented as the inevitable result of the system of mixed government that underlies the constitutional order, which orders American Government into democratic, aristocratic, and monarchical parts. While in the original conception of the constitution the Senate was the aristocratic part, the Senate would become part of the democratic part with the Seventeenth Amendment and prior procedural changes. Into...
  • The Road to Mass Democracy: Original Intent and the Seventeenth Amendment

    10/21/2007 1:20:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies · 144+ views
    The Independent Review ^ | Winter 1997 | Todd J. Zywicki
    Title: The Road to Mass Democracy: Original Intent and the Seventeenth Amendment Author: C. H. Hoebeke Published: New Brunswick, N. J.: Transaction Publishers, 1995. Price: $39.95 (hardcover) Pages: 211 Reviewer: Todd J. Zywicki Affiliation: Mississippi College School of Law The Constitution of 1787 provided for the appointment of United States senators by state legislatures. In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified, installing the current regime of direct election of U.S. senators. The bloated and special-interest-driven nature of the federal government during this century has led scholars in recent years to reexamine the original framework of the Senate and to...
  • Repeal Seventeenth Amendment

    10/20/2007 3:45:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies · 274+ views
    States' Liberty Party ^ | September 22, 2002 | John MacMullin
    With respect to states' rights, it should be readily apparent to all that state governments cannot exert any meaningful influence or control over the federal government, judiciary, or any other federal institution. Let us state the problem precisely. At the present time, there are no checks and balances available to the states over federal power or over Congress itself in any area. However, in the history of our country, it was not always this way. In the original design by the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, there was an effective check on Congress through the state legislatures' power to appoint...
  • Democratizing the Constitution: The Failure of the Seventeenth Amendment

    10/18/2007 10:40:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies · 241+ views
    National Humanities Institute ^ | April 8, 2000 | C. H. Hoebeke
    From The Center for Constitutional Studies Democratizing the Constitution: The Failure of the Seventeenth AmendmentC. H. Hoebeke*[From HUMANITAS, Volume IX, No. 2, 1996 © National Humanities Institute, Washington, DC USA] It was with no small sense of vindication that Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan signed the proclamation of 31 May 1913, declaring the Seventeenth Amendment duly ratified and incorporated into the fundamental laws of the United States. More than twenty years earlier as a Nebraska congressman, "The Great Commoner" had joined the struggle to free the Senate from the control of corrupt state legislatures, and despite three failed campaigns for...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment blog

    10/17/2007 1:28:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 226+ views
    Repeal the 17th Amendment ^ | October 16 (latest update) | Brian
    This weblog calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and addresses the abusive hegemony committed by the U. S. Senate. If Americans want to remove some corruption from government, the first significant step is to repeal the 17th Amendment. Americans should fear the steady growth by the oligarchy in the Senate. We should fear the oligarchs more because our Constitution cannot be spoiled by bombs, the courts, or the President; only through legislation.
  • The Tip Of The Iceberg

    08/12/2007 4:45:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies · 2,635+ views
    ROAR ^ | Aug 10, 2007 | By Sterling H. Saunders
    The Tip Of The Iceberg By Sterling H. Saunders A week ago Jim posted information from our web page pertinent to our plan to Repeal the 17th Amendment. In it we had stated our reasons to be centered on a government run amuck. The following examples are just the tip of the iceberg. For every one you see here there are hundreds more in the same category. In some instances, thousands. Therefore, we believe we have a sound basis for doing what we're doing. Some of the examples are simply stupid or ridiculous. At the other end of the spectrum...
  • LIBERTY LOST - Cause & Effect

    08/05/2007 7:51:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 107 replies · 1,847+ views
    ROAR (Restoring Our American Republic) ^ | August 5, 2007 | By Sterling H. Saunders
    We believe the federal government has grown too big, too expensive, too intrusive, too nosy, too abusive and.. . .well, just about everything it was not supposed to be. What are we talking about when we say that? It's not Congress. Nor is it the Presidents, but between the two, they have created and fostered an Imperial Bureaucracy, a virtually independent, ever growing government that is answerable to no one, staffed by unelected bureaucrats who write rules and regulations that have the force of law and lord it over us as if they were our Imperial Masters. How big is...
  • Ideology and partisanship aren't soulmates

    05/31/2005 4:23:37 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 3 replies · 365+ views
    Townhall ^ | 5/31/05 | Bruce Bartlet
    Ideology and partisanship aren't soulmates There is much hand-wringing going on in Washington these days about the inability of Republicans and Democrats to compromise even on seemingly unimportant issues. I think it is the inevitable result of long-term trends 100 years in the making. The movement started in 1913 when the 17th Amendment was added to the Constitution. This is the one that requires senators to be elected by popular vote. Previously, as established by the Founding Fathers, senators had been elected by state legislatures. Before the 17th Amendment, senators represented states as states. This made the states much more...