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Yay another shocking title!

Recently talk about this amendment has come up, a lot, in all the various communities I visit, and shows I watch. The Common Sense Movement on Facebook has talked about it, its been discussed on Freedom Watch on Fox business, it’s everywhere.

But yet, I, have not had a proper chance to debate it or its merits…of which there are none… so what to do?

For reasons like this I created this blog.

To rant and stuff.

Now most people would assume that I would consider the Sixteenth Amendment to be the worse…I do not…its this one…right here.

So it is probably important to get a refresher on the Seventeenth Amendment.

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

The Seventeenth Amendment was adopted on April 8,1913, in the height of the Progressive era and the Woodrow Wilson Administration, in order to change the law where instead of the State Leglislators electing senators, the states would be.

And again most people would assume I would like this, it gives more power to the people right, shouldn’t that be a good thing? You trust the people right?

Well I do.

But that also comes with a healthy amount of suspicion when someone has too much power, power corrupts and should not be in the hands of any one group.

The Founders, I believe, recognized this. Our entire Government is set up, at the Federal Level, to distribute power so one side does not have so much.

This includes The People.

The Founders did not want a Democracy, which after all is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for Dinner, the Founders wanted a Republic, with Democratic leanings, but with safe guards built-in.

This was one of them. It took some power away from the people and put it in the hands of a higher branch. A branch that was designed to be more elitist and more exclusive than the House of Representatives.

But the main reason why it’s so bad is that while it gives power to the people, it takes it away from the States.

But who cares about them, right?

Well consider, your representative can speak for you, my people want health care its best for them!

But that might not be in the best interests of the states, the states would go, hey wait a minute! That’s not good for us, it will bankrupt us, and it will cause economic or social strife, or it’s just not very good for the people we represent either.

That is the key, distributed power, everyone needs to have a voice.

Even an abstract political entity.

But yet it remains one of the great Catch 22s of our times.

I mean what are we going to do? Not vote? Especially for a Candidate that might change this insanity?

No we have to vote and we have to get people in there who can change the Government back to its proper place.

This amendment needs to be repealed and we need to restore the power to elect Senators back to its Constitutional limits, where the States can decide who are the best people to go out and represent their interests. This is extremely important in that it once again allows each state to be an equal partner in how all will be governed. After Jan 20, 2011 the 40 percent of us which consider ourselves to be conservatives, need to write, phone, tweet, or otherwise communicate with our elected representatives, to make sure this issue is given serious consideration.



  1. true….although the 16th amendment needs to be repealed as well….the one that institutes a system of taxation that punishes success

    • I think that one might need an amendment, I am not quite sure what to do about the sixteenth amendment.

  2. Nice Blog…and I just had to laugh at this mental image you conjured up… “a Democracy, which after all is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for Dinner” *snort* 😛

    • Thank Ben Franklin. 😉

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