Why We Should Repeal the 17th Amendment
by Mitch Rossow
Have you ever noticed that when you hear about a new bill before Congress, the media reports about a Senate bill and a House bill? They argue about the wording in one version and then the other. If the two branches manage to pass their own versions, they go to committee and work out a combined version of the bill. Why is that? The very first line of Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution states that “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives…” So why is the Senate originating its own bills?
The 17th amendment changed how senators are chosen. They used to be chosen by the state legislatures. This was one of the many checks and balances in the Constitution; if the House proposed a bill detrimental to the states, like ‘unfunded mandates,’ the Senate would stop it because they were beholden to the state legislatures for their position (they could be recalled and replaced).
Since the 17th amendment was ratified, our senators are directly elected. Because of this, senators need to introduce bills and find ways to spend federal money on their states in order to be popularly reelected. This need to be reelected is one of the many causes of federal debt and excessive campaign spending.
The 17th amendment was created by the Progressives, who at the same time gave us the IRS, Prohibition of Alcohol and the Federal Reserve. This is no accident. These four changes to the Constitution were intentionally created with the common objective of removing power from the states, consolidating federal power and changing the United States from a republic to a democracy. As Republicans, we know that a republic protects the rights of individuals, whereas a democracy can become mob rule of the majority.
Simply put, the Federal Reserve creates money, the state legislatures lose the power to control spending by the Senate, and the IRS recovers the money. Thus a pump is created that uses fiat currency to remove property from the states and the people and hand it to the federal government.
So, why Prohibition? Alcohol taxes were a major source of revenue for the federal government. In establishing Prohibition, the Progressives latched onto a popular movement at the time (like today’s global warming) and thereby created a ‘need’ for the IRS, because under Prohibition, the federal government would lose its income from alcohol taxes. The chaos that ensued was also a nice distraction from what they were really doing.