I have to admit, there have been many times in my life when I was in favour of this. At the moment, I am on the fence over it. The original Constitution had a major point about reigning in special interests.So You Still Want to Choose Your Senator?
Few members of the Tea Party have endorsed Rand Paulâ€™s misgivings about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but a surprising number are calling for the repeal of an older piece of transformative legislation: the 17th Amendment. If you donâ€™t have the Constitution on your smartphone, thatâ€™s the one adopted in 1913 that provides for direct popular election of United States senators.
Allowing Americans to choose their own senators seems so obvious that it is hard to remember that the nationâ€™s founders didnâ€™t really trust voters with the job. The people were given the right to elect House members. But senators were supposed to be a check on popular rowdiness and factionalism. They were appointed by state legislatures, filled with men of property and stature.