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I agree with you professor. Now, let’s bracoh a historic though some may say radical idea. Should we go back to a pre-Seventeenth amendment U.S. Constitution? As you know, The Seventeenth Amendment established direct election of United States Senators by popular vote. Prior to 1913 Senators were elected by each of their state’s legislature and sent to Washington. If the Senator’s votes didn’t please the State Legislature, the Senator’s tenure would be short lived. The State Legislatures are, in theory anyway, more directly accountable to that state’s electorate. To my mind, this served as a kind of state nullification as well. The problem of a Corporate Sponsored U.S. Congress, is especially egregious in the U.S. Senate. Every Senator needs to raise millions of dollars of mostly corporate money, to pay for political ads to keep his seat. Given that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, gave foreign and domestic corporations the right to essentially buy and sell politicians at will. A more local legislative appointing power as first crafted by the Founding Fathers seems a perfectly reasonable remedy. And has always seemed to me the reason that Article I, a7 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of the Constitution was put there in the first place.
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