Thursday, October 11, 2007

The 17th Amendment; The Worst Amendment

The 17th Amendment; The John Galt Line; September 22, 2007.

The sad part is that most Americans don't realize senators were once elected through a different process, and even conservatives have been so brainwashed about "democracy" that they would be hesitant to repeal what is arguably the worst amendment in the Constitution.”

Comment: The writer is spot on and I have noticed that since I started my examination of this amendment and the consequences that have followed, too many Americans of all ideologies have a complete lack of understanding about how the United States functioned prior to it’s enactment, and how the consolidation of power within Washington, and in the hands of a few, is strangling this country. Misinformation has become the norm and until folks take the time to read about our history and its founding from creditable sources, I fear we are doomed to an ever increasing march toward centralized government through this leftist cry of “democracy.”

Cross posted at One Oar in the Water


SJ Reidhead said...

My problem with repealing the 17th is I have more faith in the people of a state voting for a US Senator than I do the "Powers that be" anointing someone. In an ideal world, there would be no problem with an appointed Senator, but unfortunately, I'm living in New Mexico. The state government here is so corrupt, we would end up with another Albert Fall and another Teapot Dome.

To me NM is the perfect example why people should have direct vote. If it were left up to the state house, the seats would be open to the highest bidder.

If honor and honesty were to be a factor - then we wouldn't need a 17th Amendment. But then again, would we not end up with a senatorial caste much the same as did Ancient Rome?

SJ Reidhead
The Pink Flamingo

Brian said...


The US Senate is now open to direct election and K Street (the main lobbyist hub) in Washington DC is bigger than ever. Since 1913, when the 16th and 17th Amendments were passed, government has grown exponentially. We are in worst shape with 17th than before. Maybe the founders knew human nature better than you give them credit for.

JohnJ said...

Isn't that "corrupt" state government the same one that the people of New Mexico voted into power? Why would you expect the same people who voted for a corrupt state legislature to be better at voting for a state senator? It seems to me that your problem begins with the people.

Brian said...

People are always the problem. If not for the people we would have perfect government, a planet, and religion. But we have people. Nothing is perfect, but we have to ask what is safer. Think about your safety for one moment; is it safer to trust 50 voting blocks made up of hundreds of people, or 50 people sitting in one room in one city?