Finally someone is talking about it. Appearing at a policy summit for the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) expressed his dissatisfaction for the 17th Amendment to the Constitution which allows for the direct election of U.S. senators. Cruz said that the amendment had counterintuitively reduced senators’ accountability to the public.
“Prior to the 17th Amendment, the state legislatures’ ability and authority to select senators was a powerful check on the federal government coming and intruding on the prerogatives of the state,” Cruz said on Thursday. Because if you have the ability to hire and fire me, I’m a lot less likely to break into your house and steal your television. So, there’s no doubt that was a major step toward the explosion of federal power and the undermining of the authority of the states at the local level,” he concluded.
Quoted from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/05/ted-cruz-alec_n_4392721.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
Mr. Cruz nailed it right on the head. The 17th amendment of 1913 completely disrupted the balance of power between the people, the states, and the federal government. The states no longer have representation against the over reach of federal government. The 17th Amendment has allowed senators to now be exposed to the big money and lobbyists on capitol hill instead of being beholding to the law making bodies of their respective states. I can assure you if it weren’t for the 17th amendment we would not have such monstrosities like Obamacare. Senators votes would have been “no thanks we’re doing just fine”.
Repeal of the 17th amendment is the single step that would go a long way to righting the direction of the republic. It’s also a pipe dream as the very people that would be required to do it also know that without it they would be out a job and the perks that come from the special interest lobbies. I give Mr. Cruz a lot of credit for bringing this up. It can’t be a popular view on capitol hill. Good thing for right now Mr. Cruz only needs the love of the people of Texas.