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Seventeenth Amendment

Crisis of Self-Government

William E. White | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
William E. White

Today, We the People are losing confidence in our institutions. But the treasure of American self-government is too precious to take for granted, and far too precious to discard.

The Will of the People

William E. White | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
William E. White

Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.

Ron Paul and the Tea Parties: States' Rights and the 17th Amendment

Leonard Zeskind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonard Zeskind

A year ago, Ron Paul (R-Texas) lectured on what it took to be a true conservative. If you don't like parts of the constitution -- just amend it: "I would like to remove two of them. The 16th and 17th" amendments, Paul said.

Let The People Choose Their Senators

David O. Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David O. Stewart

Special elections are a lot of trouble and expense: Democracy is a lot of trouble and expense. Despotism is simple. In the eighteenth century, it was difficult to manage elections. Not today.