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#3176636 - 02/26/13 09:51 AM YES!!!! This is REAL change!!
Crappie Luck Moderator

Registered: 01/29/03
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Georgia state House seeks to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

One hundred years ago, the United States ratified an amendment to the Constitution that changed the way America chose its senators. The amendment's supporters said that senators directly elected by the people would not only be more democratic, but also less corrupt and less susceptible to special interest influence.

Instead of reducing corruption, however, changing the method of Senate selection provided entirely new avenues of political exploitation by fundamentally transforming our federal government. Most importantly, the amendment destroyed the federalist structure that the Founding Fathers installed to protect state sovereignty.

Today, members of the Georgia House of Representatives seek to restore state representation to the federal government by reviving the Founders' original intent. The goal of House Bill 273 is “to protect the sovereignty of the states from the federal government and to give each individual state government representation in the federal legislative branch of government” by repealing the Seventeenth Amendment.

Of course, this resolution would not necessitate any action or response from the federal government should it pass, but it could spark a national debate on the concept of federalism, unconstitutional government, and the Founders' original intent.

Why was the Seventeenth Amendment ratified?

As the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, they understood that free and independent states, fresh from a long and costly war with England, would not approve of a charter that required them to totally surrender their sovereignty to a new federal government. To balance the legitimate concerns of the states with the need to preserve the union and form a national government for mutual protection and prosperity, the Founders chose a federalist system of divided powers between the states and the proposed federal government.

They also passed a Bill of Rights, ensuring that any power not specifically granted to the federal government rested with the states or the people themselves. The Founders clearly wanted a limited federal government balanced by the state governments.

Prior to 1913, state legislatures appointed members to represent their state in the federal government, while the people directly elected members of the House of Representatives. The House represented the people and the Senate represented the states. This clever design balanced the will of the people and the sovereignty of the states, and the federal government was largely restrained from growing beyond its constitutional limits.

The federalist system was not understood by the people 100 years ago, and certainly isn't understood today. The Founders sought to craft a system ruled by law – the Constitution – and not a rule of man. That is why the United States is a constitutional republic and not a pure democracy. They knew that just government must have consent of the people, but that total democracy would inevitably lead to a tyranny of majority, which could strip state and individual liberty as easily as a monarch.

“The Constitution does not protect the sovereignty of the States for the benefit of the States or state governments as abstract political entities,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, “To the contrary, the Constitution divides authority between federal and state governments for the protection of individuals. State sovereignty is not just an end to itself.”
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#3176708 - 02/26/13 11:03 AM Re: YES!!!! This is REAL change!! [Re: Crappie Luck]
16 Point

Registered: 01/13/03
Posts: 10574
Loc: Warren Co

That would be AWESOME!!
Hope it passes.
If you can't trust people with freedom, how can you trust them with power ?

#3177296 - 02/26/13 06:36 PM Re: YES!!!! This is REAL change!! [Re: fishboy1]
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Registered: 02/02/02
Posts: 2565
Loc: Alabama

Wow! Kudos to Georgia representatives who know who they work for.
Obama gets to have it both ways. He claims black from his father and American from his mother. Claiming to be a white Kenyan wouldn't get him very far though would it?

#3177707 - 02/27/13 08:03 AM Re: YES!!!! This is REAL change!! [Re: W C]
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Registered: 06/09/07
Posts: 2145
Loc: Signal Mtn, TN

We would not have half the progressive crap we have now if the Senate represented the interests of the individual states. There is no way kenyacare would have seen the light of day if the individual states (the states and the state gov't) had a say in the matter.
Seven days without prayer makes one weak




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