Saturday, September 3, 2011

Repealing the 17th Amendment

What is the 17th Amendment to the US Constitution?

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.

Why Repeal?

The States have lost their ability to have representation in Washington. Cronyism is a fact of the new system. Automatic-recall is in the Constitution, and no Senator should be allowed to serve without the consent of his/her state.

The notion was first proposed by the Populist Party (a now extinct party). The majority of Republicans opposed the amendment, but without control of the Senate, weren't able to stop it.

I support the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment. - Smart aka Reuven

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