Toward the bottom...
For the record: It's a terrible idea. Can you say "Rod Blagojevich"? He's the ex-Illinois governor charged with auctioning off a U.S. Senate seat. Back in 1899, a Montana copper magnate bought himself a Senate seat by handing out envelopes with $10,000 in cash. The whole reason the 17th amendment finally passed was due to corruption - and sometimes stalemates - in legislative appointments.
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Comment: You have to wonder though, when one says "Rod Blagojevich," there's never any mention of Barack Obama nor Rahm Emanual...go figure.
You can tell this is fed propaganda because of the reference to the "Montana copper magnate" story that started in the Huffington Post and has been used in almost every left wing media outlet of late to rally the lefties against the repeal of the 17th. For the reference of the unsigned writer from Charlotte Observer, who put so little time into the piece, the name of the Montana senator was William A Clark.
Truly Clark was tame compared with a post-17th Amendment and Republican Senator by the name of Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg. Vandenberg helped propel this country into some of the last century's great internationalist endeavors like the World Court, NATO, the United Nations, and the Cold War. Writing for the Peoples Voice Len Hart reports a telling story about Vandenberg;
It was during the administration of President Harry Truman that the CIA was given near 'unlimited powers'. This event is referred to by Gore Vidal in his 'Decline and Fall of the American Empire'. Sen Arthur Vandenburg is quoted as having told Truman that if he expected to raise taxes in order to pay for 'covert activities' then he must "...scare the hell out of the American people." Thus was born a 'cold war', an incipient empire, and the Orwellian, non-ending war which has, at last, bankrupted America, enslaved its people, enriched but one percent of the population, and incurred the enmity of many throughout the world who see themselves as victim slaves because of it. They are correct.
Clark might have been a dirty politician and businessman, but it looks like Vandenberg was diabolical and a traitor to the very oath he swore to defend, the Constitution.
I don't know about you, but I'll take the dirty businessman over the likes of what we have seen in this country since 1913. Dirty businessmen are easier to take in a land of limited government than the "democratically" elected madmen we have today propelling us in endless wars and who are sinking us into a bottomless pit of debt. You might note, we didn't have debt before the 17th Amendment, not like we do today, nor did we have war like we do today.
Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four