…welcomes NRO’s Todd Zywicki who pens a scholarly article on repealing the Seventeenth Amendment.

Wait. I have said that. Just not quite so eloquently. A small taste:

Under the original arrangement, senators had strong incentives to protect federalism. They recognized that their reelection depended on pleasing state legislators who preferred that power be kept close to home. Whereas House members were considered representatives of the people, senators were considered ambassadors of their state governments to the federal government and, like national ambassadors to foreign countries, were subject to instruction by the parties they represented…

I have opined on this before, but it is nice to find vindication from more learned authors.

Passage of the Seventeenth Amendment removed too much power from the States and placed it in the hands of the Federal Government. It in effect combined both houses of congress and eroded one line of separation of powers as originally, smartly, designed by the founders. Too much “democracy” is a bad thing and the founders knew it.

I would recommend reading the piece in it’s entirety.

Comments
  • Matt November 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    That is good Robot. Thanks for sharing it.

    • mnrobot November 11, 2010 at 12:15 am

      Matt, if only there was time to share everything worthy of sharing, as I’m sure you understand. If you haven’t already, you might consider NRO for a source for your new Info page. Great stuff to be found there.

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  • theCL November 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    It’s rarely discussed how radically our form of government was changed during the Progressive Era. For whatever reason, we tend to assume America’s government has remained the system our Founder’s bequeathed us. But this isn’t true.

    The 17th Amendment radically altered the relationship between the state and federal governments. They radically altered the People’s relationship to the federal government by discontinuing the growth of the People’s House. The income tax radically changed our relationship further, and the Federal Reserve made possible tax revenue via inflation, hence providing the funding for the welfare/warfare state.

    The government we have today is an abomination of that which our Founder’s created. It is literally, a different form of government.

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