Legislature passes resolution calling for repeal of 17th Amendment
Stan Vaughan proposes Nevada join Utah in calling for repeal of 17th Amendment
The Father of the Constitution, James Madison stated in a famous speech 6 June 1788 that for the States to lose their power to appoint Senators to represent the interests of their State would be an absolute evil. Stan Vaughan believes that the experiment of this loss of power has for way too long been seen in many areas, education , for example and many other unfunded mandates and that it is way past time for Nevada to get back to the wisdom of our founding fathers. The selection by state legislatures was a key pillar of the Constitution’s architecture, ensuring that the Senate would be a bulwark for decentralized government. It’s “inconceivable,” that a Senator during the pre‐17th Amendment era would vote for an ‘unfunded federal mandate.’
Indeed, “the increased power of special interests was the purpose of the 17th Amendment,” states Vaughan “It allowed them to lobby senators directly, cutting out the middleman of the state legislatures.”
Maybe that’s why corporations and urban political machines — Progressives’ supposed enemies — supported the amendment.
Together with the 16th Amendment establishing an income tax, the 17th Amendment helped transform the states into little more than administrative units for the federal behemoth. The feds have the gold, and they increasingly make the rules — in education, health care, and more.
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