States’ Rights

Why the 17th Amendment is Bad and Should be Repealed

U.S. Constitution

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Before 1914, senators were not directly elected by the people. They were appointed by the state legislatures. The 17th amendment changed that, and not for the better. But why is it bad to have them be elected by the people? Isn’t that more democratic, and therefore, better? Not really.

The original intent of the founders was to have a Federalist system which consisted of individual states and a small central government with very limited powers. The idea was that the states would send the senators to Washington to represent them. If a senator started voting against the best interests of the state which he represented, he could be immediately recalled. Continue reading

Should States Be Able To Nullify Federal Laws?

We are all familiar with the three branches of the federal government: executive, legislative and judicial. We were taught that it was an ingenious plan to make sure no one body had too much authority; that the checks and balances in this system would prevent the government from getting out of control and it would help in making sure no one branch was violating the Constitution. Continue reading