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The Seventeenth Amendment

analytical Essay
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Written in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and later ratified by the thirteen original states in 1788, the Constitution establishes the relationship between the federal (national) government and state governments. It establishes our republican form of government with an elected Executive (President), a bicameral congress (consisting of two legislative branches, a House of Representatives and a Senate), and a judicial system headed by a Supreme Court. The Framers' of the Constitution were influenced in their work by the ancient Athenians, the thinkers of the Enlightenment; Locke and Montesquieu. As well as important political documents such as the Mayflower Compact, England's Magna Carta and Bill of Rights, to name a few. The purpose of the Constitution is written in a one sentence introduction known as the Preamble; it explains that the document proposes to establish a more perfect government, complete with justice, tranquility, and liberty for all men. Based upon the influences mentioned earlier, the Framers' wanted to create a system that clearly defined and limited the powers and scope of the federal government and state governments in relation to the people they governed. Believing that a large, all powerful central government would be a danger to this republican form of government the Framers' came up with two very important features; the separation of powers and checks and balances. The separation of powers is the division of government into independent groups, preventing any one group from having too much power. In this system, the separate groups check, or monitor the each other, having the effect of keeping an even balance of power; this is called checks and balances. Another important featur... ... middle of paper ... ...immense financial burden on the states, and for those reasons the healthcare bill would never have been agreed to by any senator chosen by state officials. Senators today pass out these federal goodies because they know that those same special interests that benefit from these social justice programs will be there for them on election day with lots of campaign cash. In the end, we are the ones, along with our children who are left with this debt for our governments insatiable appetite for spending. Under legislative appointment, senators would be restricted from handing out federal goodies unless it benefitted the people in their states and even then those goodies would have to benefit, according to current rules agreed to by the senate, at twenty-nine other states for them to pass. The current senate rules call for passage by a super-majority; sixty senators.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the constitution establishes the relationship between the federal (national) government and state governments with an elected executive (president), a bicameral congress (consisting of two legislative branches,
  • Explains that the constitution's purpose is written in a one sentence introduction known as the preamble.
  • Explains that the framers wanted a system that clearly defined and limited the powers and scope of the federal government and state governments in relation to the people they governed.
  • Explains that of the twenty-seven amendments to the constitution, this paper will focus on the seventeenth amendment. the seventeenth amendment was ratified in 1913 and first put into effect for the election of 1914.
  • Explains that the framers of the constitution understood that federalism would be protected by the way senators were elected, with powers limited to the enumerated powers within the constitution.
  • Explains that the seventeenth amendment came into being because the state legislature appointment system was rife with problems. citizens who were disgusted with the corruption within state government found the amendments democratic underpinnings favorable.
  • Argues that the 17th amendment has effectively made senators agents of the federal government and not representatives of state interests.
  • Explains that senators pass laws that end up costing trillions of dollars, paid for by the federal reserve’s borrowing and monetization of the national debt.
  • Analyzes how the recent passage of the healthcare bill into law is a perfect example of this. the bill would never have been considered let alone passed by the senate if senators were still chosen by state legislatures.
  • Explains that senators today pass out federal goodies because they know that special interests that benefit from these social justice programs will be there for them on election day with lots of campaign cash.
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