Time to repeal 17th Amendment
The United States of America was founded as a republic that would allow each of the states the necessary rights to better serve its constituents. Throughout the history of the United States, many abuses against the rights of states have occurred. For example, the populist movement resulted in the passing of the 17th Amendment.
The 17th Amendment changed the way senators were chosen every six years. Rather than being nominated by the state legislations, as traditionally and more prudently done, they were chosen by popular vote. This allows the candidates for senator to bypass the opinions of the state and gain national attention while building for themselves a resume that will allow them to attain a better public office.
By returning to the state legislations the right to choose the senators, you avoid the transient issues that are directly linked to the people. For example, some facets of the economy, such as the housing sector, etc. are in a period of contraction. However, immediate action does not need to be taken. The entire economy is a cycle, and by placing restrictions on the economy in a time of contraction, you may in turn unnecessarily restrict its growth during the next peak time. Therefore, the republican form of government is more effective, both in terms of policy and cost.
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Don't get me wrong, I am not stating that the American people are unintelligent. I am just saying that by electing state officials that mirror your beliefs, and by those officials voting on the state's U.S. senators, individual voters still have the same impact as they do in, say, the presidential elections with the electoral college.
This nation was not founded as a democracy. It is a representative republic. The Founding Fathers feared the threats of a pure democracy. We should repeal the 17th Amendment!