17th Amendment...Bad, bad choice!
 
In 1913, we added the 17th amendment to our constitution. It has been a mistake that has generated unforeseen and negative consequences for our country.
Prior to the 17th, state legislatures controlled who got to represent each state as state senators in congress. Hence, a senator had to listen to their state legislatures, if they wanted to retain office. Once they became elected by the people they became no more than additional representatives of the people - who already had representation in congress. The states were left with no voice.
 
Prior to the 17th amendment, the balance of power was distributed between the states getting to select senators, the people selecting House of Representative members, and the executive branch with its veto power. It was a balance of power.
 
After the passage of the 17th amendment, the end result was that Congress now could simply ignore the states, for the states had no input whatsoever, unlike what the founding fathers originally intended.
 
We would not have had No Child Left Behind with its federal mandates, or likely the federal 55 MPH national speed limit (remember that?) or the many other congressional actions that have passed their financial obligations onto states simply because states have no recourse, no way to have a voice in congress. Funding demands to states would cease. Even BLM might not exist!
 
Congress has been allowed to fundamentally change our government because of the fact that the states cannot speak in congress.
 
Repeal of the ill-thought-out 17th amendment would restore the balance of power to state legislators, through their Senators, thereby limiting the ability of congress to dictate or mandate that the states conform to federal laws with no choice in the matter.

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