Friday, June 04, 2004

The 17th Amendment

The 17th Amendment: "Unfortunately, most Americans are too ignorant of their own history to understand that the United States isn't a democracy, but a union of representative republics. Anyone who bothers to actually read the U.S. Constitution will see clearly we are a union of sovereign states, each guaranteeing a republican form of government. The idea of the founders was to have a strictly limited federal government, with the states handling the bulk of governmental matters (hence the constitution calling the federal government the agent of the states; a subordinate role for the federal government to the state governments.) The argument about States' Rights usually falls on deaf ears as being a "Southern thing" and an idea that died in the War Between the States. But that would only be true if the constitution died at the same time (which some would argue it did). American Nationalists (read neo-cons, faux patriots who scream "my country right or wrong", and socialists) reject States' Rights as an idea that was ever valid, but that would require a person to reject historical facts."
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My rant against the 14th Amendment was simply the beginning, there are several amendments following that piece of thievery that I intend to write about. Jeff Adams seems to have hit the nail on the head with the 17th Amendment and has saved me a little time when I work my way up that high in "amendment rants"

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem
El Cid

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