Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment

The Seventeenth Amendment was passed by congress on May 13, 1912 and ratified on April 8, 1913. This amendment modified Article I, section 3, of the Constitution by allowing voters to cast direct votes for U.S. Senators. Prior to its passage, senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Nothing can be more of an example of a federal government gone wild than when 27 states filed a lawsuit against the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) known as Obamacare; they failed. Citizens from all across America voiced their concerns in vain to congress to stop this new healthcare law which encroaches over their private healthcare choices; they failed also. If the states had chosen the senators for congress this healthcare law may have been stopped in the senate and never passed. In Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic  he used this example of the PPACA law and why it is paramount to repeal the 17th Amendment and return the appointment of state senators to the state legislatures.

One example of usurping the state legislature’s authority is where an individual moves to a state that they never lived or voted in, establish residency and run for the U.S. Senate. One case would be Hillary Clinton, moving to New York for the express purpose of running for U.S. Senator; she won. This practice of relocating to win an elected office has been done in other states as well.

Senators as well as House Members are constantly subjected to outside interest groups who may or may not represent the Will of the people from a particular state; influencing their representative or senator’s positions. The people have recourse in the House every two years to vote in or out their particular representative; six years for senators. The House belongs to the people and this is where the power of the purse is held for good reason; it’s the people’s money. But, when the people vote for senators this effectively blocks the state government’s power against an ever growing unconstitutional government we have today. Remember those 27 states that failed to stop Obamacare?

Blocking state governments (like Colonies) from making their own appointments for senators dilutes the powers of the states which make up the Union. States were never meant to be completely subservient to the federal government (like England). However, as time marched on from the implementation of the 17th Amendment, there is very little power left of the combined states. Lest we forget, it was the states that formed the federal government not the other way around

We have forgotten the lessons of the past and allowed power hungry people to infiltrate and change the Constitution by adding the 17th Amendment. The people today suffer from massive centralized federal government power. A government that has written laws and regulations that controls almost every aspect of our lives.

We have lived with a federal bureaucracy (4th branch of government instead of three) interfering with commerce and placing onerous expensive regulations on businesses, in effect making laws without legislative powers. Men and women bent on amassing power in one place and keeping it there until it siphons the last vestige of liberty we have left.

To paraphrase Mark Levin, as he pointed out in his book, he recommended the repeal of the 17th Amendment. That the state legislatures should once again appoint U.S. Senators, because it is they that provide a firewall against the federal government from amassing too much power.

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The Heat for Congressional Term Limits

There has been a push since our founding to require congressional term limits. Due to the log jam in congress and their deafness when it comes to listening to the people (rulers) for decades, the heat is back on high for term limits.

Benjamin Franklin on term limits: Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power and the love of money. (From Mark Levin’s book: The Liberty Amendments: Restoring The American Republic)

Franklin and others were very concerned about not adding term limits to the constitution for congress. That given time it would consist of men bent on power and money that would hold an office in congress for as long as they could. That even with their low pay, they would soon remedy that situation.

Mark Levin served in the Reagan Administration under Attorney General Edwin Meese III. He is President of Landmark Legal Foundation. He has his own proposal for Congressional Term Limits. Levin indicated that his proposals are just that, his proposals. However, it does start the conversation.

Levin:

Section 1: No person may serve more than twelve years as a member of Congress, whether such service is exclusively in the House or the Senate or combined in both Houses.

Section 2: Upon ratification of this Article, any incumbent member of Congress whose term exceeds the twelve-year limit shall complete the current term, but thereafter shall be ineligible for further service as a member of Congress.

Levin’s proposals for congressional term limits seem to be a good basis for further discussion. Twelve years total appears to be a good number. However, maybe a shorter period would be better, possibly six years total.

Some good points concerning term limits for congress would be that they would be less likely to lay unpopular laws on the American people. Congress may be less likely to spend money on pork projects that would help them to be re-elected while working towards shrinking the federal government. In fact they may even do the peoples Will for once, instead of bending to lobbyist groups.

It may be the key to turning our nation around while getting the government off our backs and destroy that “career country club” of members helping other members in the election cycle after election cycle.

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United We Stand – Divided We Will Fall

Though there are varying opinions on “What, Where How and When” about America’s dilemma on liberty we have to…like the Beatles song touts…”come together right now, over me” (Let’s call “me” America…shall we?): Must get us old folk in the right mood.

Conservatives of all strips must come together and stop sweating the “small stuff” while in some circles many call it the “big stuff”. However, it is good to have polite debate on varying levels of disagreement. But, make no mistake the more we are divided the weaker, as a whole, we become when it comes to winning our country back. Lefty loves it and for sure will “stir the pot”. Lefty will keep the division going as much as possible and so will progressive republicans.

At the end of the day “we have to come together” as one, our liberty depends on it! No more “it’s not my guy and I will not give a penny or vote for him or her” and the non-conservative wins!

The 2014 election season is just around the corner and new and incumbent candidates will be popping up all across this great landscape.  It is time now to start watching and listening for those that don’t fall into the “progressive category” of big government. Remember, many republicans have fallen into the progressive line-up of potentials and it is those so-called conservatives that must be exposed and avoided.

Mr. Karl Rove and his gang of progressives are busy as bees collecting information from voters to plant in the platforms of so-called conservative candidates they will be funding in 2014. With beautiful “song” for the conservative ear to listen to and fall in love to a trap; beware.

In the 2012 recall election effort of Governor Scott Walker, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and a column by Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal believed it was the RNC that saved Walker from losing his seat. However, it was the Tea Party Patriots of Wisconsin that pulled this save off. (It’s the Tea Party Brainless!).

Put the differences aside and concentrate your efforts working towards a more limited government. Then after conservatives have it all, at least at the federal level, we can work towards the problems that face us as a nation.


 

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