Former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee wants the 17th Amendment of the Constitution repealed because “Direct election of Senate is major cause of #swamp.”
The former governor twitted, “Time to repeal 17th Amendment” “Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states and respect 10th amid [sic].” He sent the tweet after the Senate Republicans failed in their attempt to repeal Obamacare.
The 10th Amendment, which is a part of the Bill of Rights, states that “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.”
Mr Huckabee said that it was ignorance of the history of the 17th Amendment that caused people to react negatively to his tweet about repealing it before adding that “Direct election of Senate is major cause of #swamp.” whatever that means.
The 17th Amendment was what made sure that senators are elected directly by the people in a general election. Before the 17th Amendment, senators were elected by state legislatures. It ensures that you choose your representatives in Congress by yourself which makes them directly accountable to you, and you alone.
Mr Huckabee obviously feels that senators would be more likely to do “what is right” if they were to be hand selected in the state legislature, than if they go through the rigors of a general election where they’re vetted and chosen by the people. He felt that senators chosen by state legislatures would have had no problems repealing Obamacare, probably because keeping such selected senators in line will be a lot easier for the powers that be than is currently the case with senators elected by the people.
Doesn’t it make you marvel, and worry at the same time, at how bold the establishment and their minions are becoming when they have begun making outright moves like this to dismantle our democracy? What comes next, if they ever succeed in repealing the 17th Amendment and start selecting senators in state legislatures, selecting the president in the senate?
The 17th Amendment reads:
“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.”