Never a time for a Unicameral Legislature
Our government was designed to protect “We The People” from the natural course of human events that has destroyed nation after nation and taken Freedom from the people. That natural course of human events described by our Founding Fathers in The Declaration Of Independence is the consolidation of power into the hands of a single person and a ruling class. We fought a Revolution to free ourselves from this form of government.
The Articles of Confederation; that the States created; gave very little power to the Central "Federal" Government. We fought a Revolution to free ourselves from a Central Autocratic Government. But, it was so weak, that the States had to do something better. They did. The States created three co-equal branches of government, each designed to check the power of the other two branches, while representing different factions in the country. The House would represent the people locally, back home, in a Congressional District. The Senate was to represent the States and all the Rights retained by the States under the 10th Amendment. Those States Rights under the 10th Amendment were to be protected by the State elected U.S. Senators from each State. The Rights lent to the Federal Government, by the States are listed in Article I section 8 of the Constitution. The Federal Government is limited to these areas listed in Article I section 8. The President, elected by all the people, would focus on the big picture “What is best for the all the people, not just special interests as was the focus of the House of Representatives. The President would guide and shape public opinion toward what was best for the nation. FDR did this to prepare an isolationist country towards being prepared for war, that he could see would one day involve the United States.
The 17th Amendment changed this balance of power established by our Founding Fathers. This Amendment stopped the election of U.S. Senators by a States' Legislature. It changed it to U.S. Senators being elected by popular vote of all the people within the State. This has dramatically changed the make-up of the U.S. Senate. Today, a Senator is more influenced by the political Party he or she belongs to and the political agenda of that political Party, than the original intent of protecting the States’ “ Rights” under the 10th Amendment.
States were to be free to follow their own “Pursuit of Happiness”. If a State voted high taxes on it’s citizens, the people in that State could vote in new State representatives or pack up and leave for another State. This is happing today in California, New York and many other States. States that were supportive of business like Texas and North Dakota and had a growing economy with lots of unfilled jobs would attract people from other States, that were not doing as well economically. This free movement available to the people, would reduce the feeling of being trapped in a situation that the people had no control over, no way out. They would no longer feel Free. States were to be laboratories of democracy. Good ideas created in one State could be adopted by other States.
Federal laws like the Affordable Health Care Bill would not be national laws affecting all Americans. Rather, a law like the one passed by the State of Massachusetts on Health Care could be replicated by other States, if it proved to be a benefit to the people of Massachusetts. A Federal law does not allow any State that might object to the Federal law to be exempt. The States would not have a say in determining their own destiny, with a Federal Law. This is what creates division in our politics. An issue like Health Care is not an area listed in Article I section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, as an area that the States lent their power to the Federal Government. Therefore, the Federal Government has no Constitutional authority to pass a law on Health Care that affects all fifty States. Health Care is a 10th Amendment “States Rights” issue for each individual State to determine what is best for their people. Health Care is an area retained by the States through the 10th Amendment. The 10th Amendment states “ The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Finally, the 16th Amendment; permitting Federal Income Tax on the individual and the 17th Amendment on how U.S. Senators are elected; need to be repealed. These two Amendments have destroyed the original balance of power and the checks and balances our Founding Fathers designed into our government. Prior to these two Amendments, an American looked to his State and local government not the Federal Government on governmental issues. Power has shifted from State Capitals to Washington, thanks to these two Amendments. This shift in power and focus is destructive of our form of government. This has created a ruling class in Washington that has “R” or “D” after their name, and they share a common goal for the most part, of growing the Federal Government and thus their own power.
Like the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) , which was a failed experiment, and was repealed by the 21st Amendment, so too are the 16th and 17th Amendments failed experiments.
It is time to get rid of them too. Repeal them! Replace the 16th with the Fair Tax (A National Sales Tax ) and replace the 17th by returning to the original way the Constitution elected U.S. Senators.
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