|Why we need to repeal the 17th Amendment|
|Thursday, 19 May 2011 12:38|
It is high time that we move forward with the process of repealing the 17th Amendment. This amendment was pushed by the progressive movement and has resulted in unbalancing our Federal government. This unbalancing has resulted in out of control federal spending, elimination of freedoms and is eroding the basis of our republic. What we basically have in place is the House of Representatives and the elite House of Representatives.
The original design for the legislative portion of our government was to decentralize power from the central government to the states. This was accomplished by having the state's legislatures send two individuals of their choice to the Senate. This ensured that bills that originated in the House as the direct representation of the electorate were balanced by the needs and protection of state's individual rights. The resulting balance kept federal spending in check and the federal government mostly limited to the constitutional duties it was authorized for. If the Senators forgot their job or where they were from, they could be promptly recalled and replaced by their state legislature. The ensured that the states were properly represented at the Federal government level.
After the 17th Amendment became law, we immediately lost the ability for state legislators to keep the Federal government's power reigned in. We quickly saw politicians moving from 1 and 2 terms to lifers, we see Federal spending skyrocketing and we can clearly mark on a timeline the rapid creation of social programs that were originally meant for good, but are now sucking the lifeblood from our country.
With nobody in DC to represent state governments, the Federal government started expanding their own power and reach. States began to lose control of important functions like assistance for the poor, public education and even the National Guard. Today, our state governments tend to act as implementers of federally controlled programs, taxing and allocating funds for the mandates that are passed by those in Congress who do nothing but serve special interests and their own ego.
It is time to set things right. This is a necessary step for our country to survive. Without the repeal of the 17th amendment there will never be truly lasting reform in the federal government. The uninvolved and un-educated populace will continue to elect those who buy their votes through tax relief, programs and general lies about what really happens in DC. With the states firmly represented, bad government, such as Obamacare would NEVER have made it through the legislative process. It is doubtful that pork barrel spending would continue either as the Senators would have a keen interest in protecting their state's ability to generate and collect revenue.
Undoing the 17th amendment would allow states to be masters of their own destiny. If California wants to be a nanny state, so be it. Oklahoma and Texas could both very easily decide to be havens for business and have policies and tax codes that support that without the interference we currently see from DC. It is time to begin the push and it is going to take some time to build enough support for it to happen, but if we truly love our country, we've got to do it.
If you truly wish to understand the impact that the progressive movement has had and the damage they have caused, I encourage you to attend an American Majority event where Ned Ryun is presenting "The System". A link to the presentation can be found here.