Animal Magnetism reminds us that the 17th amendment, like the 18th, is bad, and should be repealed as the 18th was.
Here’s something I’ve been saying for years: Want to Fix the Senate? Repeal the 17th Amendment!
Without question, the 17th Amendment has led to more growth in the federal government since it eliminates the state voices that would traditionally advocate for a balance of power between state and federal government. Unsurprisingly and unfortunately, the direct election of senators has almost completely undermined federalism.
Today’s charges that the Senate is “undemocratic” and that representation should be based on population arise from a fundamental misunderstanding of what our government is supposed to be.
Framers were obviously skeptical of a monarchy, which could be tyrannical, and were skeptical of direct democracy, which they rightly viewed as mob rule.
Now, pay attention to the wisdom Animal lays down
It bugs me when people who should know better refer to “our democracy.” The United States is not and never was a democracy; it’s a Constitutional Republic, and the Founders built into the Constitution specific safeguards to prevent the nation from foundering into direct democracy. And the appointment of Senators by the legislatures of the several States was key in said prevention.
Go read it all folks.