By Kenneth Stremsky
The founders of our Republic were worried about the federal government having too much power and that is why they wanted United States Senators chosen by State Legislatures. State Legislatures had a say on our currency, taxes, federal laws, Treaties, trade agreements, War, national debt, United States Supreme Court Justices, and many other things before the passage of Amendment Seventeen.
It is possible they would never have considered having in Article 6 the following:
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding." if United States Senators were not being chosen by State Legislatures.
The State Legislatures went from being involved in the making of laws and Treaties before the passage of Amendment Seventeen to not being involved afterwards. Our country may have been involved in fewer Wars and our national debt might be less if State Legislatures had not lost the ability to choose some United States Senators.
I would like an Amendment to the United States Constitution passed that gives each State at least 3 United States Senators and allows each State Legislature to choose at least one United States Senator.
I would like an Amendment to the United States Constitution passed that allows State Legislatures to repeal federal laws, federal regulations, trade agreements, and Treaties.
I would like an Amendment to the United States Constitution passed that allows State Legislatures to recall (fire) their Representatives to the United States House of Representatives, their United States Senators, the President of the United States of America, and the Vice President of the United States of America.
Kenneth Scot Stremsky
2002 United States Senate candidate