Posted July 31, 2017 02:31 PM by Logan Albright
Following the disastrous failure of the Republican Party to fulfill any of its promises and come anywhere close to a repeal of Obamacare, former Governor Mike Huckabee is calling for a repeal of the 17th Amendment, in the hope that returning to a form of government closer to what the founders envisioned would enable politicians to better do their jobs. Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin has also called for its repeal in his 2014 book “The Liberty Amendments.” But while most Americans are pretty familiar with the First and Second Amendments in the Bill of Rights, once you get into double digits the average level of civics knowledge gets a little hazy. So, what is the 17th Amendment, and what would its repeal actually accomplish?
First, a little history. In the main body of the Constitution, you’ll notice that the procedures for electing senators are a little different from what we have today. Article 1 states that while the House of Representatives is elected by the people via popular vote, each state’s two senators are to be chosen by the state legislatures, not the people. The 17th Amendment changed this system, allowing for the direct election of senators.......To Read More...
My Take - But what is the 17th Amendment? That's a question I've been asked for years because for years - and those who've been reading P&D for years know it's true - I've been saying the 16th (income tax) and 17th amendments need repealed.
Senators were chosen by their states to represent the interests of the states, in effect becoming defacto ambassadors of their states to keep protect state's rights and prevent the federal government from getting out of control. That changed in 1913 and we see the results. But we not only have to repeal those two amendments we need to pass a 28th amendment. An amendment to place term and age restrictions on the federal judicary. And while they're at it - term limit Represenatives and Senators.
Oh, one more point. I'm sure glad they've caught up to me.