Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The 17th Amendment

Did you know that US Senators were originally appointed by the state legislatures? It seems strange to us now but this was part of the system of checks and balances intended to make the people more secure and keep the government limited. It would keep the states sovereign and would protect the people from abuses by either the state or federal government. People would have recourse from abuse by either. The Senators would be able to veto any legislation from the House of Representatives that threatened states' rights.

The protection of states’ rights was completely lost with the passage of the 17th amendment in 1913, which said that Senators would be elected by popular vote. States lost all representation on a Federal level. We really now have two Houses of Representatives and nothing can protect states from usurpation of their rights by the Federal government.

We need to teach the history of the founders and the making of the Constitution if we expect to keep our republic free. Otherwise we become sheep and unknowingly allow the wolves to steal our freedom and protection.

Quick Links:

The Miracle of the US Constitution
Banning Prayer in Public School

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