The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution has done more to harm the 50 states than any other legislation or amendment to date. In doing so, it has placed the country in a dangerous and precarious situation, A $17 TRILLION DEBT. This web site is dedicated to overturning and repealing the 17th Amendment.The Seventeenth Amendment (Amendment XVII) to the United States Constitution established direct election of United States Senators by popular vote. Thereby, effectively removing the 50 States representation in the federal government as originally designed in the Constitution. The amendment supersedes Article I, § 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of the Constitution, under which senators were elected by state legislatures.
Below are the three ("poster boys") entrenched Senators that basically do what they want to do. Not only because they are egotistical and arrogant, but because they know their constituents have a very short memory span (less than 6 years) in addition to the fact that they also have very large campaign "war chests" that few challengers can match. This is the very reason the 17th Amendment should be repealed. The Senate is to represent the State's interest not large donors or the Senator's personal position. State legislatures, unlike the everyday voting citizen, don't have short memories. State legislatures by definition are political in nature and more astute than the average voter. The Senate was designed to have ebbs and flows as each state goes through their own cycles of political discourse and change. That's why Senators terms are 6 years. Effectively, as a state changes there is a natural term limit for Senators. More to the point, Senators should not have campaign "war chests" full of money. Think of all the money one Senator spends just to get elected. Jon Terbush who wrote What it costs to win a Congressional election for The Week on Yahoo dated 3/11/2013:
Is there any wonder that preferential treatment (favors) are granted and provided for large donations and bundlers. The 33 Senators successfully running for office in 2012, raised $346 million. Which means their opponents raised roughly the same amount so the Senate races took $690 million to decide who will represent the voters in the "Super House of Representatives" (Senate). House of Representatives races were far cheaper than Senate contests, with victorious candidates raising an average of about $1.7 million. But sure, they were cheaper, they have to be... There are 435 seats and they run every 2 years. So those who won raised $739 million. Their opponents raised just as much, making it (the election for the House of Representatives) cost roughly $1.5 BILLION!!!
That is $1.5 Billion and growing every two years... The House of Representatives is just that, they represent the voters and every two years they get the opportunity to discuss their actions or inaction during an election. So the price paid for these elections are well worth the cost.
The amount of money required to be elected to the Senate is reprehensible and indicative of a broken system. The correct system for the Senate is that each state legislature nominate and elect or appoint their Senators (as outlined in the Constitution), freeing up $690 million that can be invested in capital improvements (job producer), start up company (job producer), or House of Representatives campaigns. More than likely, more money would be spend on local races for the state legislature. Bringing the politics closer to home.
I have seen comments where people dislike placing the election of Senators on the backs of the state legislatures because the Koch Brothers would buy the elections… Well let’s just think about that a minute… Right now there are two senators that are running their own campaigns, and only one runs at a time. So there is at least a two year separation and at most a 4 year separation between elections with on average 33 senators up for election every two years. There are 134 members of the Arkansas legislature. Just for Argument’s sake we will multiply that by 50 to roughly estimate that there are 6,700 members of all the state legislatures… Now, wouldn’t it be easier for the Koch Bros. as well as all the wealthy liberal money changers like George Soros to influence 33 elections versus say 5000 elections per election cycle??? Ok, hopefully we have put that crack induced argument to rest…
Strategic Plan: My original goal was to collect money through internet operations for the establishment of a PAC that would help fund political participants that show favorable focus to this organization's intended function of building a grass roots movement for the repeal of the 17th Amendment to the US Constitution. To be honest, I don't think there is enough money out there to do this. I am thinking that the best tactic would be for everyone demand that their state representative and their state senator move in this direction. Every politician is asking for money, we will have to find a better way because I don't think it needs to be done that way. Additionally, given the fact that the IRS is now a political enforcement arm of the democrat party REPEAL17 would not stand a chance of becoming tax exempt since not only would Democrats be against it, but most Republican Senators would be as well...
We will focus on state legislatures. It is going to have to be a state by state fight. This is damn sure more important than legalizing the illegal emigrants, but that has to be stopped too... It is the state legislatures that have lost the federal political power given them by the US Constitution. It was their purview to appoint their representatives (2) to sit in the US Senate that has been lost as a result of the 17th Amendment. Therefore, without question it is their responsibility to start the wheels in motion to repeal the 17th Amendment. This website as well as other websites will only be the impetus to help set in motion the desired push to focus the 50 States to take back what is rightfully theirs; The US Senate...
In this effort, REPEAL17, will reach out to all Conservative organizations in an effort to gain a synergistic alignment with other organizations in an effort to promote REPEAL17. The most favored organizations would be any organization that feels that Americans have been Taxed Enough Already... Our main focus will start with any and all TEA Party organizations throughout the United States.
Most TEA party affiliated organizations have a wide focal plane encompassing many centers of attention. These centers of attention are the result of news events, pending legislation in both the US congress and state legislatures. The cash demands on these TEA party organizations will be greater than REPEAL17's, just one more reason why repeal 17 will only ask you to request and even demand that your state legislators call for the repeal of the 17th Amendment. Money is the life's blood of politics, and that needs to change. Senators should never need any money for elections. They should serve at the behest of their state and serve only their state.
Our focus will be to reach out to any and all web sites that are willing to allow REPEAL17 to place a hyperlink. We want to encourage people to register and to learn about the 17th Amendment. The focus here is to build a site that will link to other sites noting historical writings, observations and opinions. The secondary focus will be to build an email database where we can disseminate current events to illustrate the difference between Senators elected by popular vote and those elected by the legislature to demonstrate the deleterious effects of the 17th Amendment.
History of the 17th Amendment: The following links give a good review of how we ended up with the 17th Amendment.
Georgia Did it!!!
The Blue arrows show the original intent of the US Constitution and the Senates relationship with the state legislature. The US Senate was to represent the 50 states with each Senator beholding to their state's legislature for their appointment. Doing so places a natural term limit in place, depending on how the state legislature changes when it becomes time for senate reappointment. The Red arrow shows that the state legislatures have been cut out of the process as a result of the 17th Amendment. Thereby asking the question, does the 10th amendment have any force? Additionally, party affiliation and campaign war chests for senators can be a thing of the past in.
Decisions and Control:
Are the decisions made by a Senator in the State's best interest or in the Senator's best interest to get re-elected? By removing the state legislatures from the process, the same process is used by the Senators that is used by the House of Representatives, straight elections. Unfunded mandates are the result. States now have to pick up certain costs mandated by the Federal Government that most state legislatures would have been against (hence Senate would have voted down) but now must be worked into the state budget... Did the US Senate vote these mandates in to help their state or help themselves get re-elected by giving something away? Remember, there is no such thing as a free lunch, someone has to pay for it! The same thing can be said for housing, food and phones. Did Senators vote to give things away to drive their re-election??? Yes they did!!!
Lets view this same unfunded mandate scenario at the state level. Lets say for example a city has a state highway that traverses through it. So the state passes a law that mandates the city pay for the repair and upkeep of that part of the state highway that traverses through their city. However they are not allowed to do the work, they are just sent a bill that the city has to pay. Now the city must tax its citizens to fund this account payable. Because the city does not have representation at the state level how could it prevent this unfunded mandate? State governments general don't encroach on Municipalities or county governments like this, I could be wrong, but at least in the south, county and city governments don't suffer with unfunded mandates like states do... Call it, proximity to the state seat of power, or just local friendliness and friendship...