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From: Steve Rankin [e-mail him]
Re: George Warm`s Letter: A Florida Reader Calls For A Repeal Of The 17th Amendment
I comment on Warm`s letter that called for repealing the 17th Amendment.
The Founding Fathers provided that U. S. senators would be elected by the state legislatures: to check the power of the federal government, senators were to represent their state governments as ambassadors to the national government. This was the states` main check on the federal government.
With the advent of state-mandated party primary elections in the early 20th century, some states began conducting senatorial preferential primaries. The legislatures in those states would usually rubber-stamp the results of those primaries. So the movement began for direct election of U. S. senators, which culminated in the adoption of the 17th Amendment.
While I think restoring the founders` intent would be a good thing, I don`t see it ever happening.