At the founding of our country, we had thirteen sovereign states come together and create a new federal government. These sovereign states were desirous of building a common defense, improving trade amongs themselves and with foreign nations. The states held that a representative form of government was needed and that a House of Representatives, similar to the lower or “people’s” house of England, the House of Commons, was needed to ensure that the peoples wishes were heard at the new federal level.
However, these states wished to only cede limited power to this federal government. They knew that a local form of government was best for local issues and that the federal government was only necessary to handle the larger defense and international issues. These states knew that they would be sharing power with the people under this new federal arrangement. The intent was for both the people and the states to remain masters of the new federal government.
To accomplish this new limited power arrangement, the founders, representing the states, created a senate. Under this arrangement the senators would be elected to their federal senate position by the legislatures of the “states united” for a six year period. The founders placed some key controls in the new constitution to insure that the federal government could not usurp the states and take on un-ceded power, which could and would make the states subordinate to the federal government.
The new senate was given the sole right to try all impeachments, approve treaties, and approve the appointment of ambassadors, public ministers, and consuls (counselors to the president), Supreme Court and inferior court appointments, and officers of the federal government, all with a two thirds approval.
This new senate was specifically provided these controls over the federal government to ensure that the power ceded to the federal government remained limited. Beyond these specific controls over the president and the federal government, the founders knew that having senators appointed by and representing the respective states would insure that the federal government answered to the states and would remain subservient to these states.
For added measure the founders, more correctly the early Congress and the States, added an amendment in the Bill of Rights. Number ten states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
This power sharing arrangement worked very well from 1787 through 1912 – 126 years. It was not until a populist progressive movement got a headwind from the Hearst newspapers around the country that a push for the people to directly elect their senators became a seemingly correct thing to do in a democracy. Remember, we are a republic and that Randolph Hearst and the progressives stirred up public opinion to believe that there was no reason why in a democracy the people should not directly elect the senate.
The real motive was to have the Hearst publications, at that time found in most states, drive public opinion to select Senators suitable to Randolph Hearst and the progressives – the goal was to enlarge the federal government and to remove the necessary control of the states.
The seventeenth amendment was ratified in 1913, thus ending the careful plans of the founders to ensure balance between the states and the federal government through power sharing. Today, Senators are subject to the will and money of lobbyists, rather than the will of their state. Some Senators have created a power base so strong that they have been in office for more than forty years.
If you really want to take back your government, then you must repeal this ill advised amendment, stampeded through ratification by, Big Government Progressives (read “What The Progressives Want”) holding public office at that time and most importantly by the highly influential Randolph Hearst and his powerful national dailies.