Glen Bradley, candidate for the North Carolina State House of Representatives in District 49, isn't backing down from the Charlotte Observers attempt to paint the repeal of the 17th as "wacky" (here and here).
Here's a small snippet from the middle:
It may be counterintuitive, but the 17th Amendment was one of the primary methods by which the Founders vision of the sovereign citizen has been replaced by an all-powerful centralized Federal Government.
When we ratified the US Constitution on September 17th 1789, the individual citizen was considered supreme. This was the major difference in the American form of government — the individual citizen was the supreme sovereign, and we citizens got together to delegate some of our sovereign powers to the States, and then those States got together to delegate some of their sovereign powers to the Federal Government. The Founders vision of Federalism placed the individual citizen on top, the State governments beneath them, and the Federal Government at the bottom. This led to the American form of liberty that was unique to the world in all of history, which led to Americans having a completely unprecedented degree of freedom and prosperity.
Today, the Federal Government is on top, and they dictate to the States what they are and are not allowed to do, and the States dictate to the people what we are and are not allowed to do. We have fallen back into the very trap of tyranny which we fought a Revolution to extricate ourselves from.
Read the rest here.
Comment: While I know nothing about this candidate, it is great to see a "constitutional" candidate stand up to the rantings of a main stream establishment newspaper. While the repeal of the 17th is a long shot, right now, it doesn't mean it would be the right thing to accomplish.