By now, you are probably aware that the United States Senate recently passed an extremely unpopular immigration reform bill. If you’re reading this article, I’m also fairly certain that you have seen U.S. Senators appear on news networks pandering to their campaign financiers by issuing insulting remarks toward an American workforce that “cannot cut the mustard.” Perhaps you’ve noticed that the votes of many U.S. Senators directly contradict the laws of the States that they were originally intended to represent in Congress. You also have become conscious of the overall deterioration of states’ rights, of the continuous Constitutional violations made by the Senate every time they send a revenue generating bill to the House, as well as the refusal of the Senate Majority Leader to allow duly passed legislation from the House onto the floor for Senate discussion.
At this point, you’re probably feeling pretty helpless because, if you’re like me, you’ve contacted your Senators about some of these issues and received either some kind of canned response or been completely ignored. What’s the use? After all, what Senator is willingly going to vote to hold themselves accountable to the State that they were originally intended to represent when the 17th Amendment gives them a free six-year reign to do whatever they want in spite of their electorate?
You’ve read news stories and blogs describing the idiocy of your fellow Americans, looked though the comment sections, and maybe even tried to educate some of the ignorant about the proper roles of governance described in the Constitution; all this only to be attacked by people with N.P.S. (that’s Nancy Pelosi Syndrome) who obviously have never even read the document. For example, take the viral video in which Americans signed off on a petition to repeal the Bill of Rights. I’ll be the first to admit that even though I believe the individuals signing the petition were apathetic, uninformed, and really didn’t want to give up their fundamental freedoms, it is still an intensely frustrating feeling to watch Americans actually sign a document to repeal their own Bill of Rights.
How in the world can little ole you possibly make any difference whatsoever?
It’s Time To Act
“WE, THE PEOPLE” already have the House of Representatives to speak on our behalf in the federal government. The Senate, in contrast, was originally intended to represent State Legislatures in Congress so that “WE, THE PEOPLE“, as a collective state, had representation in the federal government as well as to keep “WE, THE PEOPLE” from arbitrarily or unwittingly creating an all-powerful federal entity that replaces state and local governments. What we have now is a House of Representatives who is elected by the people every two years and a Senate that is accountable to the people every six years.
The root cause of this misplacement of power in the Legislative Branch is directly tied to the 17th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which not-so-coincidentally was passed during the progressive Woodrow Wilson administration. According to Article 5 of the amendment, “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths therefore, as the one of the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”
I know, I know, this pretty worded Article has lots of semicolons and lots of big confusing words; but let me point something out that was, quite recently, brought to my attention. Specifically, the “on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States” clause gives State Legislatures all the power they need to regain control of the Senate.
State Legislatures do not need Congress’ permission to amend the Constitution and they don’t need to meet with other State Legislatures in formal “conventions” that could lead to further Constitutional deterioration. All they need are 38 individual States to agree that the Senate needs to be held accountable to them as prescribed by the nation’s founders in the Constitution and if 38 ratify it, then Congress is powerless to stop it.
This is where YOU come in.
There has never been a better time to illustrate to your own State Legislature the need for U.S. Senate accountability.
- You can point to the fact that no one represents State interests in Congress.
- You can point to the fact that six-year terms make Senators the least accountable of all elected officials to the electorate.
- You can point to the fact that party lobbyists hold more weight with Senators than do States or individuals.
- You can point to the fact that State Legislatures have been forced to pass laws to prevent the enactment of federal laws that their own Senators have voted for.
- You can point to the fact that Senate legislation has had a negative impact on the States’ abilities to collect and control their own revenues.
- You can point to the fact that Senators consistently attach unnecessary pork to unrelated bills for personal pet projects.
- You can point to the fact that the Senate did not read the health care or immigration bills they sent, illegally, to the House of Representatives.
- You can point to the fact that Senators keep confirming unqualified executive nominees for Judiciary positions.
- You can point to the fact that the Senate has done NOTHING except praise and thank Cabinet members who have abused or failed in their appointed tasks.
- You can point to the fact that the Senate continuously passes unfunded mandates because they don’t control the purse strings.
- You can point to the fact that, for the past 3 years, the Senate Majority Leader has unilaterally blocked ALL duly passed House bills from the Senate floor.
So, contact your State representatives and express your frustrations with the way the U.S. Senate works.
Let them know that you are fully aware of who the Senate was intended to work for; that the
17th Amendment should be stricken down, because it is quite literally making State governments irrelevant; and that you are fully aware that your state legislatures have the Constitutional authority to begin a process that will rectify the situation.