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.