Steve's Rants -6- The 17th Amendment has to GO!





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Published on Feb 19, 2016

The 17th Amendment must go.

The US Senate is behind me. Did you know the US Senate has become almost obsolete? I am going to explain why.
Ever wonder what good the state legislatures are when the federal government seems to legislate whatever it wants over the states’ objection?
Some may remember the 55 MPH speed limit. The federal government did not write and pass this law for the states. The states were pressured to adopt the 55 mph limit or they would lose highway funds.
The same for: No Child Left Behind -- Loss of Federal Educational funding.
Drinking age of 21 -- Loss of Federal Highway funds.
The Real ID Act -- Loss of Federal Highway funds & denial of passports for residents of States that don't comply.
Common core education is voluntary says Washington DC. Any state who rejects it may also lose education funds or other federal money. AND the list goes on................
The federal government has exceeded it authority by using blackmail in my view.
States are not subservient to the Federal government. Just the opposite. States could also be called countries. We have 50 separate countries or states under one flag through the US Constitution.
Let’s look some sections of the US Constitution.
The House of Representatives have always been chosen by we the people.
US Constitution ARTICLE 1, SECTION 3 The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof ...
SUFFRAGE - The right of voting...
US Constitution 17TH AMENDMENT - The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof.......

US Constitution ARTICLE V The Congress......shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Applications of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several states, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by, ... three-fourths of the several states ... Provided that ... no State, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.
When the 17th Amendment was submitted for ratification, 48 States existed. The Amendment was ratified by 37 of them and rejected by two. This means that 11 states lost their equal suffrage in the senate without their consent in violation of article 5. It would take all states to vote approve this amendment, not 3/4 of them.
Now the House of Representatives and the Senate are voted in by the same group, the people of the several states. Making the Senate redundant.

Would Obamacare, the 55mph speed limit, no child left behind, common core, and others bills pass if the states had representation in the senate? I say no way.
The 17th amendment destroys the whole purpose of two houses in congress. The senate is now redundant. This has led to the federal government running rough shod over states rights.
The 17th amendment was not properly ratified as 11 states voted no or did not vote. This violates the clear intent of the Constitution Article 5 where "no state shall without it's consent lose its suffrage in the senate."

To restore balance of federal and state power the 17th amendment must be eliminated.

This is Steve Hempfling and this is one of my rants.


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