Did I miss a memo? Is this National Bash The 17th Amendment Week and nobody told me about it?
Zell Miller, Georgia's maverick Democratic senator, says the nation ought to return to having senators appointed by legislatures rather than elected by voters.
Miller, who is retiring in January, was first appointed to his post in 2000 after the death of Paul Coverdell. He said Wednesday that rescinding the 17th Amendment, which declared that senators should be elected, would increase the power of state governments and reduce the influence of Washington special interests.
"The individuals are not so much at fault as the rotten and decaying foundation of what is no longer a republic," Miller said on the Senate floor. "It is the system that stinks. And it's only going to get worse because that perfect balance our brilliant Founding Fathers put in place in 1787 no longer exists."
I think I've figured it out. Now that Vieth v. Jubelirir has officially given state legislatures the power to determine who everyone's Congressperson will be, it follows that we may as well repeal the 17th Amendment and assign all representational power to those state Leges. As a bonus, we won't have as much to worry about with black-box voting machines. It's a win-win! Jim D sees it the same way.
Enjoy your retirement, Zell. I know I speak for many people when I say the Senate will stink a lot less without you.Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 29, 2004 to National news | TrackBack