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Mattwall1 November 1st, 2014 6:51pm

The 17th Amendment is the best option for all. It is best for the people in that they can directly vote for 33% instead of 16.5% of their government, and is best for the state's in that state assembly elections are based on local, not national issues

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trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
11/01/14 4:30 pm

When senators are elected by popular vote people in small states have more of a day in American politics than people in large states

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Mattwall1
11/01/14 4:34 pm

And when state legislators appointed them the people still did since state legislature elections were centered on national issues AND legislators in smaller states had greater influence over those in larger ones. Such is the nature of the senate and

skinner Jersey City
11/01/14 3:09 pm

I reluctantly agree with the seventeenth amendment, but not for those reasons.

Mattwall1
11/01/14 3:22 pm

May I ask what reasons then?

skinner Jersey City
11/01/14 4:55 pm

State legislatures were notoriously corrupt in assigning Senators.

firefly5 the verse
11/01/14 3:05 pm

suggestion: for this one, whatever. I remember the 17th amendment well enough. but it would be pretty cool if you were to add a link to the amendment/law/charter/event/document in question. I can get there by context, but it'd be nice.

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Mattwall1
11/01/14 3:37 pm

Sorry. Will do in the future

statgat Hello World
11/01/14 2:24 pm

I like being able to vote, but I'm a little confused by the percentages you give.

Joshua77 Jesus is Lord
11/01/14 2:19 pm

Disagree 100%. Senators should be appointed by the state legislature.

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Mattwall1
11/01/14 3:22 pm

On the grounds of?

Joshua77 Jesus is Lord
11/01/14 9:48 pm

Federalism.

Senators chosen by state legislatures are loyal to and advised by state legislatures. The purpose was to help prevent the federal government from becoming too powerful.

George Will makes a very solid argument in the following column:

Mattwall1
11/02/14 6:57 am

It would seem much more pro federalism to be supportive of the state legislatures for state issues and the federal legislature for federal issues,
Which, given prior to the 17th amendment, state legislature elections were decided by federal and not

Mattwall1
11/02/14 6:58 am

State issues, would only seem to be harmful, not helpful, to federalism

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/01/14 12:42 pm

I don't know if I accept the percentages. I get to vote for one third (president), one fiftieth of one third (senators) plus one four hundred thirty fifth of one third (representative), and not at all for the other third. I'm no math guy, but ??

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Mattwall1
11/01/14 3:39 pm

Sorry, I just went with the, you directly vote for a representative and a senator (16.5%+16.5%=33%) concept, but since we don't directly elect the president, I don't think counting that is accurate

IamBorderPatrol North Texas
11/01/14 12:21 pm

I must disagree, for one we have vote for president too, another 33% of government.

Mattwall1
11/01/14 12:46 pm

No, we vote for electors who vote for president, so we don't have a direct vote for that 33%

IamBorderPatrol North Texas
11/01/14 1:34 pm

Yes an the electoral college follows the popular vote o their state in 48 states

Mattwall1
11/01/14 1:40 pm

Technically nothing forces it to constitutionally, and even if every state required it to, it still doesn't change the fact that the president isn't directly elected

ScottyDoesNo Stand back and stand by
11/01/14 12:15 pm

The 18th Amendment was even better.

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Mattwall1
11/01/14 12:50 pm

Yeah, I'm not defending prohibition...