Repeal 17tth Amendment

Dear Editor,

Article 1 Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

The 17th Amendment (Amendment XVII) to the United States Constitution established the direct election of United States senators in each state. The amendment supersedes Article I, Section 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of the Constitution, under which senators were elected by state legislatures.

What this means is that senators, of which there are two for each state, were selected by the state legislature, not the people. The reason is the senators are there to represent the states and their interests at the federal level. The House of Representatives is there to represent the people. When the 17th Amendment was instituted, it took away the representation of the states. It changed the whole concept of what our federal government is supposed to be, that being a constitutional republic. Given that senators are now elected by popular vote, why do we need it? All it does is make the House bigger.

Think about what would happen if it went back to the way our founding fathers originally set it up. Suddenly, local elections would become more important. Knowing that the legislature would select the senators would change the dynamic, and would motivate more people to participate in the election process all the way from local elections to up the line to the federal level. Knowing that who you elect to the state level would affect the federal level would motivate more people to participate.

Obviously, the simple answer is to repeal the 17th Amendment and return the system to what it originally was, which would return a lot of power back to we the people, albeit indirectly.

Of course, the (National Socialist) Democrat Party would be apoplectic if this were passed because of the number of red states versus blue. That’s why it would be a major benefit to the American citizen.

And while we’re at it, we need to impose term limits on those “professional politicians,” again to return power back to we the people.

This action would scare the hell out of the lords and ladies who currently occupy office because they suddenly would be accountable to us as it was and should be.

Carpe diem,

Alan Marshall