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An Improper Consolidation

October 25, 2012 by  

The Union was formed as a confederation of States that joined together voluntarily. It was the States that joined together, not the people.

The Founders saw the States as checks on the Federal government. They understood that the Federal government would attempt to assume more power than it was granted by the Constitution. So the Senate was devised in Article I, Section 3 in such a way as to give the State legislatures Senate-appointing powers. This made the Senators accountable to the States rather than special interests.

The War of Northern Aggression (aka the Civil War) took away one check the States had on Federal overreach: secession. The 17th Amendment took away the other. (As an aside, Obamacare would never have passed if not for the passage of the 17th Amendment.)

Once direct election of Senators was established, States — and, therefore, the citizens — lost control of their Senators. Now Senators are fascists. They are beholden to the corporations that fund their campaigns. They pass laws to benefit those corporations to the detriment of the people they are supposed to represent. Unless you have deep pockets, it is almost impossible to gain an audience with a U.S. Senator. At best, all you can expect is lip service.

In Federalist No. 62, James Madison wrote, “The appointment of senators by the state legislatures… is recommended by the double advantage of favoring a select appointment, and of giving to the state governments such an agency in the formation of the federal government, as must secure the authority of the former… In this spirit it may be remarked, that the equal vote allowed to each State is at once a constitutional recognition of the portion of sovereignty remaining in the individual States, and an instrument for preserving that residuary sovereignty. So far the equality ought to be no less acceptable to the large than to the small States; since they are not less solicitous to guard, by every possible expedient, against an improper consolidation of the States into one simple republic.”

While a repeal of the 17th Amendment won’t completely abolish the fascist corporatocracy that currently rules to our detriment, it would go a long way toward improving the system. The 17th Amendment must be repealed.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Brian Prince

    http://WWW.heritagefoundation.com – Need a Constitutional Convention when Romney gets in. Need 2 new Supreme Court Justices, Bernanke’s reign of terror will be over too. Very possible to get 5-7 Senate seats – according to Dick Morris.

    • Robert Smith

      George Washington warned us that it wouldn’t be right for those elected to put their loyalty to the factions (parties) rather than to their constituants or the government itself.

      The Republican party has demonstrated time and again that it requires loyalty to IT rather than the people or America.

      Time to toss ‘em all out.

      Rob

      • http://twitter.com/zerrubabel zerrubabel (@zerrubabel)

        Well known that I am T.E.A. Party. Puts me in the class of Independent of which both parties try to gain my vote or those of my Friends of whom I may have influence with. I don’t worship tin-gods, so I believe that I am agreeing with you.

      • darrelljr

        Amen Rob, you hit the nail squarely on the head.

      • Buster the Anatolian

        “The Republican party has demonstrated time and again that it requires loyalty to IT rather than the people or America.”

        And your heros the democrat party is equaly guilty. In fact the democrat party is the only one I have heard of telling an office holder to toe the party line or they would loose all party support.

      • sam1966

        Right on Buster. I guess Rob will never learn. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

        You need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot.

  • wavesofgrain

    In my opinion, there are more problems with UNION cash and Senators…and POTUS. This is more detrimental to America. Conservative representatives are the answer.

  • GALT

    Either this is TRUE…….”fascist corporatocracy ” or it isn’t?

    Why do you believe the “states” are “immune”?

    There is no evidence to support that………and plenty available to refute it….

    Do you do believe, that the “state income tax” you may be paying goes to the state you are working in?

    In 19 states this is NOT the case……take Kansas, as a specific example….AMC theaters, which moved it’s HQ from Kansas City Missouri, to Leaward Kansas, 10 miles away…….which simply shifted jobs across state lines…..but in exchange the CORP gets to keep the “state income tax” collected although their employee’s are “clueless” ……( as you are ) How much is this worth to the owners over the TERM of this agreement…..a mere $47 million, basically chump change, right?

    Who owns AMC theaters? J.P. Morgan, Apollo Mgmt, the Carlyle Group and Bain Capital Mgmt. No jobs created, just moved……

    But as I said, there are 19 states that have done these deals…..and 2700 corps which have arranged them….to include, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Proctor and Gamble…as well as foreign companies,including Siemans and Electrolux……… as well as Japanese, Canadian and European Banks…….

    or this…..

    Michigan is now solidly Republican, holding the executive and both houses of the legislature, with a 66+% majority in the senate…….so from mainstream media we get this info……..

    “There’s millions of dollars more at stake for LG Chem if it doesn’t keep hiring, or if its job numbers fall. The state approved a $25.2 million job-creation state tax credit over 15 years, and a battery cell state tax credit worth $100 million over 4 years. Both are tied to job creation. ”

    “The City of Holland created a Renewable Energy Renaissance Zone, allowing LG Chem to operate free of property taxes for 15 years — if it reaches 300 employees within 5 years. That’s another $48.5 million.”

    This story, but not those FACTS, appeared right here on the pages of P.L.D.

    .”fascist corporatocracy ” is the TRUE state of affairs………

    To solve the problem, eliminate it’s cause……..corporatocracy

  • Chester

    Zerrubabel, for all your claims, if you are truly Tea Party, the Republicans can pretty much count on your vote, and the Democrats have already written you off as a lost cause. If, however, you are more independent than TEA, there is hope for you yet.

  • Chester

    What bigger special interest than the legislative branch of your home state, which, as often as not, is pretty well owned by one or more high dollar lobbyist groups? This last supreme court decision to give corporations the same rights as people, pretty much killed most people’s hopes of being able to actually affect an election. It is hard to outscream a couple of billion dollars speaking through every radio, television, and internet site.

  • ONTIME

    I would vote for those serving in the senate to be *paid by the state and not the federal government, it would be a return to original intent. The House represent the people but the Senate is responsible to the state which is why all states have only two senators and multiple representatives…..The Constitution as a document that was indeed a masterpiece of the rule of law and man’s best attempt yet to pursue life, liberty and happiness as a representative Republic.

  • sig516

    Another insightful to the point article from Bob L. Thanks! Between the Socialists and Fascists in our Country we AMERICANS are in trouble. For those of you that don’t get what Bob means about fascist Senators. I recommend reading “The Nazi Hydra In America”. About 600 pages of some very interesting facts. It’s a great starter book. Then there’s those pesky Commie/Socialists….What happened to just being an American for freedom and liberty…. we could kinda start with The Fed/IRS scam that’s sucking the life out of most of us. There’s a song called “Vote With A Bullet”. Hmmmmm I wonder if it has any relevance to our current situation? Nahhh Not in the land of the free and home of the “brave”…..

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