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  • 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...
  • WaPo Uses KKK Photo Essay to Slam Trump, Skips Democrat Connection

    04/08/2016 9:25:09 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 8, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Washington Post today published an interesting photo essay about the small number of people who are still members of the Ku Klux Klan in Tennessee and Maryland. The photos reveal them to be mostly a bunch of pathetic outcast losers. However, the real reason for this essay wasn't to demonstrate what we already know about the Klan. Just after the introductory paragraph, the true purpose of this entire photo essay was revealed...to slam Donald Trump.
  • The 17th Amendment - A Mistake That Keeps on Giving

    04/08/2016 9:19:57 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Our previously Free Republic continues to reel from a one hundred and three year old mistake: the 17th Amendment. Pardon me if I don’t celebrate today’s anniversary. Republican theory demands the consent of the governed. From ancient Greece, republican Rome, Saxon Germany, and even in 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...
  • You Say You Want a Revolution.

    09/09/2015 12:46:09 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 50 replies
    Vanity (A good one)
    Our governing system no longer serves its intended purpose, to secure the blessings of liberty. Any casual read of the Constitution reveals our government’s wholesale departure from it. Congress gaffs off or assigns its duties to craft legislation, determine spending, ratify treaties, oversee the executive branch, and regulate the judicial branch. Not being content with rewriting statutes, Scotus increasingly elevates itself above God; its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling is only the latest outrage among many. Executive branch agencies reflect the will of one man, Obama, and not congressional statutes. In response, there is a small but growing minority of Americans...
  • Vox Writer Wants 'Anti-Democratic' U.S. Senate Abolished

    01/03/2015 3:00:56 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 51 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 3, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    WAAAAAAH!!! I don't like my Windows 8 so I think I'll dump it! Okay, no big deal. Most of us are not pleased with that operating system. However, Dylan Matthews of General Electric Vox displays the same glibness which, while perhaps appropriate to switching computer operating systems, is completely absurd when wanting to toss over 200 years of constitutional federalism overboard by deciding to abolish the U.S. Senate because he has decided it is "anti-democratic." Here is Dylan making the case that the Founding Fathers were in error:
  • Edward Brooke, first black popularly elected to US Senate

    01/03/2015 2:34:42 PM PST · by Borges · 29 replies
    Strait Times ^ | 1/4/2015
    Edward Brooke, the Massachusetts Republican who was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the US Senate, died on Saturday at the age of 95, the state Republican Party said. Brooke was Massachusetts attorney-general when he was elected to the US Senate in 1966, at a time when the country was gripped by racial unrest. Before his election, there were two other African-American senators shortly after the Civil War. But until early in the 20th century, senators were picked by state legislatures and not by popular vote. In the Senate, Brooke joined a small band of liberal Republicans who...
  • How the 17th Amendment is destroying America

    12/04/2014 6:37:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Megyn Kelly ^ | December 4, 2014 | Justin Haskins
    Few Americans who entered polling booths for the Nov. 4 election and pulled the lever for their favorite candidate for Senate realize that for most of American history, senators were chosen by the state legislatures. It wasn’t until 1913 that the 17thAmendment was passed, granting American voters the constitutional right of directly electing their senators.While this important amendment may seem innocuous, the reality is that few other changes to our Constitution have had the same detrimental effect on our nation than this single, nearly forgotten alteration.The passage of the 17th Amendment was driven largely by the populist movement of the...
  • The Tragedy of Replacing God with Unchecked Democracy

    12/08/2014 1:31:31 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 8 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Published on American Thinkerby Enza Ferreri I'm not sure how conservative Americans will view the recently-published book Democracy as a Neocon Trick (Amazon USA) (Amazon UK) by Alexander Boot. It’s a very unusual work, in that, whereas critics of America are generally on the Left end of the political spectrum and those on the Right tend to unquestionably defend the “land of the free”, this is a criticism of the US from a non-Leftist viewpoint, indeed from a traditional, conservative, Christian, pre-Enlightenment viewpoint. I don’t agree with everything the author says about America, but he’s such a brilliant philosopher...
  • 5 Reasons Defunding Obamacare Is Smart Politics

    09/24/2013 4:20:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Defunding Obamacare is a great idea and I'm not just saying that because I was the first one to promote the concept in March of 2010. Back then, the GOP Leadership agreed with me with no arm twisting required. John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Cathy McMorris Rodgers all vowed to defund Obamacare if the GOP took back the House. Today, it's finally going to happen, but only because Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have forced the GOP to stand up and fight. That being said, it is admittedly unlikely that Barack Obama will agree to defund Obamacare. To make that...
  • Obama & George III, the Family Resemblance

    09/24/2013 2:34:50 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Before the Left came to dominate K-12, I learned in high school social studies that patriots risked their lives and property for eight years to avoid the expense of a few percent in stamp, sugar, or tea taxes. What rubbish. Review our Declaration of Independence. It complains of George III’s abuses, usurpations, despotic and tyrannical intents, veto of our laws, suspension of our assemblies, appointment of judges loyal to him alone, and creating multitudes of offices to control us. In the decade beginning with victory over the French and Indians, George III was determined to influence thirteen colonial legislatures as...
  • How to Repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments

    07/07/2013 5:42:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 7, 2013 | Theodore Koehl
    Americans may be able to regain control over their federal government by moving their respective individual state legislatures to invalidate the 16th and 17th Amendments to the United States Constitution. Essentially, this is a vote to reverse ratification of an Amendment without a Constitutional Convention. Repeal of the 16th Amendment starves the federal beast by depriving it of its consumption of money from the states and the taxpayers through income. States could exercise better control over how or even if their money is spent. Repeal of the 17th Amendment makes United States senators directly appointed by the state legislatures, as...
  • FASCISM: Mark Levin says a powerful Republican Congressman trying to silence his show

    04/13/2013 2:47:31 PM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 118 replies
    Mark Levin opened his show tonight saying that a certain Republican Congressman who doesn’t like what he’s saying is trying to get the local affiliate in their district to stop running the Mark Levin Show. And apparently they are trying to do it behind the scenes. But Levin says EVERYTHING gets back to him and he will not tolerate fascism. He gives this unnamed Republican Congressman a warning below noting that if they succeed in getting him silenced, he will expose them: Click excerpt link for audio!
  • The 17th Amendment and Mark Levin

    04/13/2013 9:42:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 61 replies
    April 11th, 2013 | Mark Levin
    Mark is working on another book. Every night it seems, he wants to bust out and talk about it, but his publishers have put the ixnay on too much disclosure. Still, he shows a little leg now and then. That happened in the second hour of his show last Thursday, April 11, 2013. With the help of sixteen rinos, Dingy Harry got 68 votes to proceed with a gun control bill that few, if any Senators had read. After wailing on the lack of process and regular order, Mark focused on the nature of the Senate and how it differed...
  • It's the Constitution that's radicalizing our politicians (Repeal the 17th Amendment!)

    04/23/2010 11:02:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,146+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 24, 2010 | John W. Truslow, III
    It is likely that conservatives will fail to understand why health care "reform" became law, and they are likely to fail if they start any post-mortem by accepting the conventional wisdom's realist premise:  1) Two election cycles produced a critical mass of radicals in the legislative and executive branches of government.  2) The personalities of those in the elected majority were more dynamic and compelling than those in the minority, and 3) the tactics employed by the majority prevailed over those with less adequate tools at their disposal.  Without challenging the premises, conservative analysis so far has asserted the only...
  • the 17th Amendment

    06/11/2009 5:33:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 449+ views
    Constitution of the United States, via FindLaw et al ^ | ratified by the states April 8, 1913 | The Framers et al
    Clause 1. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures. Clause 2. When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of each State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the...
  • A Magic Bullet Will Be Needed to Kill the 17th Amendment.

    05/01/2009 9:16:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 1,090+ views
    Paul MySpace Blog ^ | October 14, 2007 | Paul Hanson
    The U.S Constitution "originally" laid out the separation of powers between the federal government and the State governments in the first paragraph of article 1 section 3. How this paragraph accomplished that goal will become clear later in this article. This paragraph states: "The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, chosen by the LEGISLATURE thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote." Then in Article I, section 4 we also find this: "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each...
  • The People's Senate

    08/27/2007 12:53:46 PM PDT · by Political Junkie Too · 46 replies · 877+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | 8/27/07 | James Taranto
    The 17th Amendment [provides] for popular election of U.S. senators, and its repeal is just the sort of interesting proposal we like to mull over in a contrarian spirit. But in the end we favor popular election of senators, and we do so in a contrarian spirit.In the original constitutional scheme, the House of Representatives was the only popularly elected part of government. State legislatures chose U.S. senators, and in many states also picked presidential electors. The idea was that the House would represent popular passions while the Senate would act, in a metaphor attributed to George Washington, as a...
  • 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...
  • Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

    05/30/2005 5:58:31 PM PDT · by Remember_Salamis · 142 replies · 3,851+ views
    May 17, 2005 | Thomas J. DiLorenzo
    Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment by Thomas J. DiLorenzo May 17, 2005 Every once in a blue moon someone in Congress (usually Congressman Ron Paul of Texas) proposes a law or resolution that would actually improve the prospects for human liberty and prosperity. It’s rare, but not nonexistent. One such case is Senate Joint Resolution 35, introduced into the U.S. Senate on April 28, 2004, which was recently brought to my attention by Laurence Vance. S.J. Res. 35 reads: "Resolved . . . . The seventeenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." That’s Section...
  • What would the US Senate look like if the 17th Amendment were to be repealed?

    05/22/2005 12:54:33 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies · 330+ views
    17th Amendment ^ | 05/22/05 | Perdogg
    What would we the US Senate make up be if the 17th Amendment were to be repealed?