9 August 2015 AD/24 Av 5775
It was the threat of an Article V constitutional convention that motivated the Senate to go along with a proposed constitutional amendment by which voters directly elect U.S. senators. This proposed amendment became the Seventeenth. It was a crucial turning point in federal governance as democracy took control full control of the Legislative Branch of federal government.
Our wise founding fathers set up two houses: a House of Representatives to be directly elected by the voters and a Senate whose members were to be selected by state legislatures. The founders recognized the perils of public ignorance and the way various persuasions could affect public sentiments contrary to good law and republican government.
“Thus far I have considered the circumstances which point out the necessity of a well-constructed Senate only as they relate to the representatives of the people. To a people as little blinded by prejudice or corrupted by flattery as those whom I address, I shall not scruple to add, that such an institution may be sometimes necessary as a defense to the people against their own temporary errors and delusions. As the cool and deliberate sense of the community ought, in all governments, and actually will, in all free governments, ultimately prevail over the views of its rulers; so there are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow meditated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice, and truth can regain their authority over the public mind? What bitter anguish would not the people of Athens have often escaped if their government had contained so provident a safeguard against the tyranny of their own passions? Popular liberty might then have escaped the indelible reproach of decreeing to the same citizens the hemlock on one day and statues on the next.” – Federalist Number 63
This method of selecting senators protected us against ourselves. That bicameral governmental architecture tempered lawmaking. It was a period of corruption that motivated citizens to demand direct elections. In today’s U.S. Senate, corruption again ‘rules the roost’ as evidenced by unwholesome activities by what we call ‘Republicans in Name Only” (RINO) like Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn and so many others.
Our country was set up in such a way that lawmaking would be a long, drawn-out deliberative process. No more. If we do not repeal the 17th.
Direct elections assure we shall not escape bitter anguish; tyranny becomes a sure thing.
Republican government is representative government that protects us from our own passions ignorantly applied to lawmaking. Republican government is the best foundation for the Rule of Law and not the rule of man, tyranny.
In the above video, Dennis Prager makes the point that Barack Obama is not the problem. WE are the problem.