It's time to REPEAL the 17th amendment!
Senators should be selected by their respective state legislatures. That was the intent of the Founders in Article 1, Section 3, Clause 1 :
"The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote."
This insured that each state would have actual and adequate representation in the Senate. Representatives take care of the interests of their districts, while the STATES have less official representation than foreign countries who have lobbyists bending the ears of Senators at all hours. Making these Senators directly accountable to the State legislatures is an idea whose time has come...again!
The 17th Amendment will have to be repealed. That's a heavy lift, and sadly would probably be fought along partisan lines. Radical special interest groups with deeeeep pockets, like MoveOn.org, George Soros, A.C.O.R.N. and others seem to have more pull with some our Senators than we voters do. During the health care takeover debates I called the office of my Senator, Bill Nelson, to register my disapproval of ObamaCare. A very nice and courteous young man took my call. I asked him how the callers were reacting on this subject. He told me that I was one of his "younger" callers, and that most of the people who called him felt the same way I did. They were AGAINST "health care reform." His words.
Bill Nelson voted FOR this wretched bill!
Now I ask you, who had more representation when Senator Nelson voted for this bill? The deep-pocketed left-wing NUT ROOTS, or the retirees in the state of Florida who will have their Medicare SLASHED by over $500 Billion to pay for this legislation?
More than any other state, Florida is a retirement state. A travesty like Bill Nelson's ObamaCare vote (aye!) would NEVER have occured if Senator Nelson was actually representing the best interests of the people of the Sunshine State.
ObamaCare cuts half a trillion from Medicare! Just who did Bill Nelson represent with his affirmative vote?
Take a hard look at your own Senators and ask yourself who they are REALLY working for?
It's time to repeal the 17th Amendment. It's time to reign in Washington DC by making our Senators more accountable to their own states.