The architectural definition of a keystone is “a central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together”.
A keystone of government is “the central principle or part of a policy, system, etc., on which all else depends”.
Allow a moment to review our structure of government, starting with the state. An appropriate definition of a state is “a politically unified people occupying a definite territory; nation”.
The original 13 colonies were diverse in religion and commerce. For examples, Maryland residents were chiefly Catholic. New Englanders were chiefly Puritans, Virginians chiefly Anglican, and Baptists generally lived in the southern colonies.
Religion, more than any other characteristic, defined the 13 colonies as a “politically unified people”.
After ratification of the 1787 Constitution, those unique values and characteristics remained with the fledgling states.
The keystone of the union of the Federation of states created by the present-day U.S. Constitution is found in Article I, Section 3 which states: “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.”
The first 13 and the 37 later added were a federation of equals. The senators from the least populous state had as much authority as the senators from the most populous.
Those senators were accountable to the members of the respective state legislatures (law-making bodies) and the state legislators were – and are today – accountable to the residents of the states. Did you notice the past tense verb ‘were’?
Another keystone clause that remains in place is found in Article IV, Section 4 which states: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…”
Within 126 years after the signing of the present-day U.S. Constitution, the history of our country was lost to We the People who decided they preferred a democracy over a republic. Well, they didn’t actually say so, but it was ignorance of history that led to the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913 – 105 years ago next month.
Since 1913, our country has swiftly undergone a metamorphosis from that prescribed Republican form of government into a democracy.
Democracy can best be described as mob rule. Oligarchies typically lead mobs. Contemporary tags for the present-day oligarchy is “The Swamp” and “The Deep State”. Federalization, that is the encroachment of federal government into state affairs is nearly complete. The federal government today operates beyond its constitutional boundaries (enumerated powers), intruding in practically every aspect of our lives, effectively rendering the Tenth Amendment null and void.
In 2016, the Texas State GOP convention – the largest single gathering of Republicans anywhere in the country – incorporated a plank to repeal the seventeenth amendment.
Reference: Item 16 of the 2016 Texas State GOP Platform
“United States Senators- We support the repeal of the 17th Amendment of the United States Constitution and the appointment of United States Senators by the state legislatures.”
Thousands of Texans from 254 counties approved the platform. I was one of them.
Again this year I submitted a resolution to repeal the seventeenth in order to restore a vital keystone to the ‘arch’ of Republican government.
Elections matter. Your vote matters.
We will all have to give an account before God one day when He will ask, “Who did the will of the Father?”