Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is fighting mad after the Senate refused to repeal Obamacare this week. He has an idea for a reform that would take us back to the original intent of the Constitution by repealing the 17th Amendment, which allowed for the popular vote of senators.
“Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures,” Huckabee wrote in a first Tweet that set off a host of angry responses from liberals and conservatives alike.
Undeterred by the negative feedback, Huckabee re-emphasized his earlier statement with a follow-up Tweet.
“Ignorance of history of 17th Amendment is revealed by response to my earlier Tweet. Direct election of Senate is major cause of #swamp,” Huckabee wrote in the second Tweet.
Before the inaction of the 17th Amendment in 1913, senators would be appointed by the legislature of a given state. If the state legislature was pressured enough by the people, they could remove the Senator at any given time. This was a check against the Senate growing too powerful, and apart of the grand design of the Founding Fathers to limit centralized control.
During the progressive era, the American public was sold on the virtues of democracy by statists trying to pervert the Republic. Democracy, they were told, would improve the legislature as Senators would need to impress the public to obtain office. Americans were suckered by this malarkey, and the result is a systemically corrupt legislature with virtually no way to fix it.
The direct election of Senators was enacted during the same year as two other controversial measures that the Founding Fathers would have reviled: the income tax and the Federal Reserve. Those diabolical changes in the structure of American Republic have been wreaking havoc on our freedom and our prosperity ever since.
While Huckabee’s stance may not have popular support at the present time, his willingness to advocate for this solution is laudable. The swamp will not be drained until the damage that has been done over the course of many decades is finally reversed. Repealing the 17th Amendment would be a huge first step toward doing just that.