Seventeenth Amendment

…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.

Over the past eleven months, a recurring theme of mine has been to ruminate on the perils of big government and what we can do to combat the over reaching arm of federal encroachments on our liberty and freedom. Since some of you are new to the blog, and since I transferred quite a few of those essays from the old site yesterday, I thought I would take the opportunity to point you to the “Prime” tab which will hold links to those essays for your reference.

As an introduction, in reverse order of appearance, here are ten essays on

The Perils of Big Government


Note also that within the “Prime” tab are what I consider to be some of the best writing by other bloggers I’ve run across in my travels. I don’t always have time or think of bookmarking a post so the list is a bit short for now. Most of my time online lately is focused on defeating the Godzilla of a government we’ve been growing, so if your wondrous work is absent, please take no offense at the omission, it may be that I simply haven’t read that particular work or wasn’t in a situation where I was able to make a note. Either way, the fault I’m sure, lies with me.

In addition to the random readings titled “From Other Blogs,” my friends at The Resistance have been very busy assembling valuable information for us to use and peruse. Those links will be posted on “Prime” also as they come available. I will try to make a note of when I make an addition to the “Prime” tab here on the front page but do check out that page from time to time as I may have forgotten to make note. They don’t call me “Mind-Numbed” for nothing.

Steve over at Motor City Times has a new post that hit on something I’ve been pondering for quite a while. If most people can agree that big corporations and big unions are wielding too much clout with our politicians, then why in the world do we keep feeding the monster? Shut off the freaking food supply!

Corporations and unions should be cut out of campaign contributions altogether! Campaigns should be funded by contributions from the US Citizen only. And don’t give me any of that “it’s too expensive to run a campaign” garbage. The politicians made the rules. They can revise them so that it is less conducive to corruption.

I know, now I’m going to hear what a naive and unrealistic proposition that is. Fine. I’m naive. I’ll have you know that that is one of my most endearing qualities. Naive is one of the best things you can be sometimes. It helps the creative process to look at something with a childlike curiosity and wonder.

What I’m wondering right now is why we keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That, according to Einstein if I remember correctly, is the definition of insanity.

Next subject.

I’ve seen an idea I floated a while back gaining some traction of late. This is encouraging. The idea is to REPEAL THE SEVENTEENTH AMENDMENT. Hear! Hear!

Wait, let me go check when it was I wrote about it… I’m back. It was March, at the other blog, in a post titled Aristocracy and Oligarchy – How We Got Here. In the comments of that post, The CL and Smitty proposed the excellent ideas of also repealing the Sixteenth and The Federal Reserve Act. Now you’re talkin’ some change I can believe in!

Now, these two proposals are admittedly lofty ideals and for sure not doable in the immediate future, and as Gene Healy points out, the 17th repeal in and of itself would be of minimal use without further regressive action. Regression is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to removing power from a Federal government that has grown beyond its constitutionally limited bounds.

We may not be able to affect that change at the moment, but I believe it is a needed discussion for when we once again have conservatives in the wheelhouse of our ship of state.

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