Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Repeal the 17th!

Repeal the 17th! Washington Rebel

Let's face it, today there are no real checks on federal government power. Congress and the Executive does whatever it wants, and the Supreme Court does nothing but provide them cover. The federal government is now a government of unlimited powers. But it wasn't always this way.

In the original design of our representative republic, there was an effective check on congressional power through the state legislatures' power to appoint (and remove) Senators. But the passage of the 17th Amendment in 1913 (the same year as the 16th Amendment (income tax) and the Federal Reserve Act), the state legislatures' power to appoint its Senators was eliminated, thus changing the fundamental structure of our government, and expanding federal control in every area of our lives. ...

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