KamelianXrays endorses a proposal to repeal the 17th Amendment and return to the days when state legislatures, rather than the people, picked U.S. senators.
Like others, he argues that restoring the power of legislatures to choose senators would separate the candidates from the bribes of special interests. They wouldn’t have to go around begging for money every six years.
I can’t agree with this idea. It might too quickly open the door to dangerous ideas of taking all elections out of the hands of the people.
The better answer to special-interest pressure is term limits (no more than two terms to a senator) and fuller disclosure of the sources of all campaign contributions.
Let’s not have state legislatures doing what voters should do. We probably should be moving in the other direction.
(What happened to that "movement" to abolish the Electoral College? That pointless time bomb should be chucked out of the Constitution, and everyone knows it. I didn’t want Bush or Gore in 2000, but come on, the candidate with the most votes should win.)
If we should do anything about the U.S. Senate, we should deny the two-senator standard allotment to tiny fake states, like Delaware. In fact, Delaware should be abolished.
There’s nothing fair about Delaware getting two senators, when Pennsylvania next door gets only two senators for 15 times the population. Delaware is just a part of Philadelphia anyway.
Let’s get back to one person, one vote. And let every person vote.