Be It Resolved – Changing Government for the Better

Posted March 1, 2016 AD

A Resolution to Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

Whereas Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America stipulates that the Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from state, chosen by the Legislature and,

Whereas the Texas Legislature is a bicameral body of 31 state senators and 150 representatives and,

Whereas prior to ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment the U.S. Senators, under contemporary population, representing the State of Texas today would be accountable to 181 elected lawmakers and,

Whereas the Seventeenth Amendment diluted the aforementioned accountability such that in the year 2016 the population of Texas is 28,240,245 persons, we the people of the State of Texas endure insignificant influence on the decisions of our U.S. Senators, each voice less than one in twenty-eight million and,

Whereas the ratio of those represented determines the significance of the voices of the people and,

Whereas repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment would restore the significance of each Texas voter,

Be it resolved that repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment would restore accountability of U.S. Senators, each being accountable to 181 duly elected representatives of the people of Texas.


Narrative Supporting Repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment

The U.S. Constitution was signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. This was done in the same room where earlier delegates signed the Declaration of Independence.

At the aforementioned convention, founding fathers framed a republican form of government based on equitable representation and the Rule of Law.

By June 21st of following year, all thirteen states had ratified the Constitution.

The constitutionally prescribed method for selecting U.S. senators remained in effect until ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment on April 8, 193, 125 years after ratification of the Constitution.

Ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment satisfied the desire of the citizens of the several states to directly elect U.S. senators, thereby replacing representative government with a democratic form, contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

Many of us participate in various buyer’s groups to take advantage of bulk pricing. Whereas an individual buyer may not strike a bargain, group buying bears more influence on the price of the product being purchased, thereby yielding a more desirable price for goods or service. This is an example of  united influence.

Had not the Seventeenth Amendment been ratified, today our U.S. senators would be accountable to 181 Texans, elected representatives of the citizens of the Lone Star State. Obviously, 1 in 181 persons will present greater influence than 1 in 28 million. This is the advantage of representative government: more power to the people.

You are only significant when you participate in the government processes.

I urge you to present your type-written resolutions in triplicate tonight at your precinct caucuses held after polls close.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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