There will be NO Republic until the States are represented.
If you walk into a courtroom and tell the judge that their law infringes upon your Constitutional rights, the judge will ask you, “Were you a party to the Constitution?”
Certainly, none of us alive today signed it but our representatives through the States signed it. Then the 17th Amendment abolished our States representation. Hence, THERE IS NO REPUBLIC IN AMERICA since the day Senators were elected directly by the people and ceased being elected by and from their State’s legislators!
What we created was some kind of Super Congressman and, in my honest opinion, a far more evil, more diabolical and super crooked politician!
States no longer have representation, and States can no longer control their Senators and States can no longer recall their Senators!
Until we have a CONSTITUTIONAL SENATE, THERE IS NO AMERICAN REPUBLIC!
Prior to the 17th Amendment Congress was not paid. Certainly not a salary & benefits but merely a modest per diem. Congressmen were expected to give their time freely to serve their country and they were not to become politicians for life! There was no need for term limits.
Prior to the 17th Amendment Senators were not directly elected by the people but were elected by the people to seats in their State’s legislatures, in either their State’s Senate or their State’s Congress or House of Representatives.
If the State’s Senator failed to vote they was their State wanted them to vote on any matter, then they were subject to instant recall. They would come home and finish the term in the seat to which they had been elected.
STATES NEED THIS CHECK AND BALANCE UPON THEIR OWN SENATORS!
ABOLISH THE 17th AMENDMENT!
But it is time to take this one step further:
Cease all Federal pay & benefits for Senators. Require States to pay any and all of the salaries & benefits they deem appropriate for their own Senators!