Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Scalia Declares He is Against the 17th Amendment

Scalia Declares He is Against the 17th Amendment (a 17ther), a Regular Tea Party Justice on the Supreme Court; Buzzflash.com

So in the debate with Breyer, it was interesting and a bit startling to discover that Scalia is a 17ther. He opposes the 17th Amendment that allows for the popular election of senators. Why? Let's let Scalia "explain":
"There's very little that I would change," he said [of the Constitution]. "I would change it back to what they wrote, in some respects. The 17th Amendment has changed things enormously."
That amendment allowed for US senators to be elected by the people, rather than by individual state legislatures.
"We changed that in a burst of progressivism in 1913, and you can trace the decline of so-called states' rights throughout the rest of the 20th century. So, don't mess with the Constitution," said Scalia.

Read the rest here.

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