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The Tenth Amendment

29 Sep

The founders wanted “We The People” to run the show. They did not want a federal government to have control over most of what we do.

The closer control lies to “We The People” the better. Establishing strong states and severely limiting the power of the central government provided the answer.

The Founders chose to guarantee that power resided in the states by putting each state on equal ground regardless of the number of people within its boundaries. That meant “the big” states could not run roughshod over the smaller, more rural states.

To assure that states retained power over the feds, the Constitution…originally…required state legislatures (not the people) to select each of its two senators. This meant that the desires of the states held reign.

The Seventeenth Amendment changed all of that. It put selecting our Federal senators in the hands of the general electorate.

While that might sound like a good thing, it actually severely weakened the states. State legislators have a much better handle on determining the impact that federal legislation might have on their state. The Senate really reflected the whims of the states and put a brake to “unfunded mandates.”

Forcing “unfunded mandates” down the throats of their state could better be held in check. Something like Obama Care would have never seen the light of day had that change not been made.

While I don’t like the Seventeenth Amendment very much, at least it changed the Constitution the way it was intended to be changed. Not by judicial decree or presidential executive order.

Okay, it’s time to get back to the upcoming election. And why it matters so much. That’s next.

 

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