By Jerry Todd, staff writer
The Bakersfield Californian www.bakersfield.com in Kevin McCarthy’s home District observed in a complimentary article certain key issues to bring “renewed luster for the Golden State.” Directly quoted, these are:
Water: Improved prospects for legislation that sends more water to farmers and studies new storage sites.
Environment: Diminished environmental regulations, increased oil and gas drilling and streamlined timber harvesting.
Business: Silicon Valley and California’s commercial space industry have both received his attention in the past.
These are certainly issues of state and national importance. Each is highly focused on their effects on the oil and agriculture economy of the San Joaquin Valley and the aerospace technology centers of Eastern Kern County (Edwards AFB, China Lake Naval Weapons Center and the Mojave Spaceport).
Our interests would be better served if we had two Senators who represent the interests of the State as the Founders originally intended. The House of Representatives is based on population. To counterbalance this diversity is to have two Senators represent the interests of each state.
Under the 1912 17th Amendment, Senators no longer represent the direct interests of their states, but of an exclusive club. Ted Cruz refers to them as “the Washington Cartel.” The passage of the 17th gave us POLITICAL PARTY DIVISION in the Senate which was not present prior. We have seen lock step voting on the part of the left for decades. With rare exceptions they all vote down party lines. The 17th was the collapse of all protective State powers.
Now to start cleaning up the mess.
Constitution of the United States of America – Amendment XVII
(Introduced May 13, 1912; Ratified April 8, 1913)
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.
What change did the 17th Amendment make to the function of government under the Constitution?
Senators were to represent the interests of the state, appointed by their state legislatures. They were to be lobbyists for their respective states. The broader interests of the state were served, versus a Senate controlled by and loyal to the Federal government. Government controlled by a small group nullifies states’ rights. It controls the education, welfare and monetary systems extra-constitutionally.
Capital and Labor react to Judeo-Christian morality turn against the Church and the Constitution. For Labor, it is the leaning to Communism; for Capital to control the monetary system and centralize government to control speculations, rates and taxes.
Capitalism is High-Finance’s role as the servant of commerce, investment in vision and courage, building personal and family savings and as a vehicle for philanthropy! Greed cannot handle such a wide and free distribution of the work of others. It demands tribute from all through debt-based money and hedging.
The Philosophical Reason for Repealing the 17th Amendment
According to the work of American Philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce, the Constitutional structure of the United States follows the ideal philosophical hierarchy of the normative sciences of Philosophy.
1. Aesthetics (Beauty) – the Declaration of Independence and its acknowledgement of our Creator’s endowment is balanced by a litany of the wrongs faced under historic despotism.
2. Ethics found in the Constitution establish the rules of common discourse and behavior.
3. …and the Logic of the first 10 Amendments making up the Bill of Rights protects the veracity and integrity of the Constitution.
This structure sets the natural cause and effect flow of the elements following Beauty, Ethics and Logic; Subsidiarity, Solidarity and Chaos leading to Harmony. The 17th Amendment disrupts the ideal order set by the Founders. Governance in a Constitutional Republic is difficult. It’s impossible in a democracy, which over time will vote itself non-existent wealth and immoral privileges until it dies of depravity, debt and starvation. Democracies under “progressive” rule tend to eat their parents as well as their children!
United States Senators shall be selected in accordance with Article 1, Section 3 of the main body of The Constitution as described in the original method of appointment/selection of Senators by the Governor and legislature of the state represented. Simple as it is, it must be done.