Note, this post is not quite on topic, but it had a reference to the 17th that caught my eye. Nonetheless, it's an interesting article.
The three federal branches were to separate the limited, specified powers while the states were to oversee this limitation through the Senate and the people were to oversee this limitation through their House. We shifted the paradigm, ignored the keystones of the 9th and 10th Amendments, abandoned the limited, enumerated powers of the federal government and allowed our state governments to be dictated to based on poor interpretations by the Judicial Branch at the urging of the Executive and Legislative Branch. It should surprise no one the Supreme Court has not found a single action of the Congress (no longer with a Senate representing the States thanks to the 17th Amendment) to be unconstitutional for over 70 years.
Read the whole article here.