A Message From Lucianne  







S-G1




























ST-GC


   
 
Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google


Repeal the 17th Amendment!
National Review, by Charles C. W. Cooke

Original Article

Posted By:johngalt1, 3/1/2013 1:14:04 PM

In our grubby, unhelpful political lexicon, certain words exist solely to end conversations. The most prominent such word is “racist.” Less popular, but by no means less potent, are “democracy” and “rights.” When welded together as “democratic rights,” the pair becomes all-powerful — strong enough to send grown men spinning for the exits and to render eloquent speakers mute. For a good example of this principle in motion, witness the orthodox reaction to anyone who calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment. (Direct election of senators, if you’re wondering.)

Comments:
Our Founders carefully and cleverly designed America’s Constitution to include both a horizontal and vertical system of checks and balances. The directly-elected House was intended to represent the People’s interests, the state legislature-appointed Senate was intended to represent State’s interests, and the Presidency was intended to represent the interests of the federal government. Napolitano does have it right. The 17th Amendment messed up that balance, and now we essentially have two Houses of Representatives, one with a two-year term of office, and the other with a six-year term.

      


Post Reply  

Reply 1 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 3/1/2013 1:30:55 PM     (No. 9203060)

At this time, Republican controlled state legislatures outnumber Democrat controlled, but that could change in the future. Still, the idea of states having more control over Washington has much to commend.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 2 - Posted by: choey, 3/1/2013 1:33:40 PM     (No. 9203065)

I´ve read many articles where the author attempts to trace the beginning of America´s decline to one event or another. I have always believed that it all began with the passage of the 17th amendment. The federal government was no longer responsible and accountable to the states but the other way around.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


   

 

R-G1
  
R-VAR_AD


 
Reply 3 - Posted by: bkt23, 3/1/2013 1:39:36 PM     (No. 9203074)

Repealing the 17th amendment would be a big step toward acknowledging state sovereignty, which is why it won´t be repealed.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 4 - Posted by: plex, 3/1/2013 1:42:10 PM     (No. 9203079)

The 16th and 17th amendments are key to the decline of the US. All the rest of the mistakes pale in comparison.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 5 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 3/1/2013 1:42:46 PM     (No. 9203081)

The 17th Amendment, another progressive idea to centralize power. Of course the McCain McRINOs love it.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 6 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 3/1/2013 1:54:51 PM     (No. 9203102)

Glory be!

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 7 - Posted by: paulfromTexas, 3/1/2013 1:57:45 PM     (No. 9203110)

All it takes is one ratifying state legislature to rescind their ratification
Let´s take down the 16th as well.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


   

 

  


 
Reply 8 - Posted by: dman, 3/1/2013 1:58:33 PM     (No. 9203113)

Yes, yes, YES!!!

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 9 - Posted by: Griller1, 3/1/2013 2:05:08 PM     (No. 9203125)

It´s a wonderful idea whose time came before the 17th was passed in the first place. The real question is this: why on earth would the 100 people in the Senate vote to give the future of their jobs back to the legislatures of their respective states? Aside trom the fact that it would be great for their states, there is no reason, and most Senators would rather die than give up their power.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/1/2013 2:24:29 PM     (No. 9203162)

#5, it´s always possible I missed something, but your comment indicates some Republicans are resisting. I didn´t see that in the article. Was your post gratuitous?

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 11 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 3/1/2013 2:50:58 PM     (No. 9203208)

What we really need is term limits in both the House and Senate.

15-20 years is more than plenty, after that they all need to get themselves a real job.


  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 12 - Posted by: heartlandconservative, 3/1/2013 3:05:12 PM     (No. 9203229)

Whats missing is that this was the same year that we got the Federal(NOT) Reserve (NOT).
Last but not least, DEMs had both houses and the WH.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


   

 

B-G1


 
Reply 13 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 3/1/2013 3:34:54 PM     (No. 9203289)

17th has long been a pet peeve of mine. Absolutely neutered the states

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 14 - Posted by: Namma, 3/1/2013 3:38:49 PM     (No. 9203304)

the people running for office should have to qualify..if they cant pass a test on how the government is runand the Constitution and the Federalist Papers..,they dont qualify..I bet most of our congress people dont know nor do they care how the government is suppose to be run. They also dont know or care about States Rights...Education could be the way to solve the problem

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.



Post Reply   Close thread 725530




Below, you will find ...

Most Recent Articles posted by "johngalt1"

and

Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)




Most Recent Articles posted by "johngalt1"



A Clear Choice on Defense
Real Clear Defense, by Paul Ryan    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 4/9/2014 3:16:55 PM     Post Reply
The world is less safe when America doesn’t lead. But for President Obama, this lesson has yet to sink in. In February, he offered a budget that would cut crucial funding for our national security. So tomorrow, House Republicans will pass a budget that would give our troops the funding they need. First, let’s put things in perspective: For decades, defense spending made up roughly 50 percent of the federal budget. Today, it’s just 18 percent. And if we stay on the current path, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that defense will fall below 10 percent by 2024.

The Dangerous Illusion
American Thinker, by Topher Field    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 4/8/2014 4:14:24 PM     Post Reply
What you believe and what is actually true can often be two very different things, and the difference could kill you. I can believe my favorite sports team are the best of the best, only to be slapped in the face by reality on Sunday afternoon. I can believe my pay check will last me to the end of the month in spite of my busy social schedule and efforts to punish my liver at every available watering hole... only to be faced with the reality of baked beans on toast and hitching a lift to work when

   

 

R_DBL_B
  


 
Some Straight Talk for Putin
National Review, by Fred Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 3/13/2014 5:18:57 PM     Post Reply
So Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine and denies doing it. Those guys just showed up in matching uniforms. To be fair, Putin did reserve the right to invade. And the deposed Ukrainian president, who barely escaped with his life, and who even Putin acknowledges is a crook, did invite Russia to go in. Putin is also upset that Ukraine’s new government did not observe the procedural due process for which the Russian government is so well known. He is outraged over phantom attacks on Russians, and now sits back to consider how big a piece of Ukraine he wants

Richard Branson: Global warming
deniers ‘get out of our way
Daily Caller, by Michael Bastasch    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 3/10/2014 3:59:32 PM     Post Reply
Virgin CEO Richard Branson said that those who are skeptical of man-made global warming should “get out of our way,” joining the ranks of CEOs lashing out against those opposed to business investments in “sustainability.” Branson made his remarks in the wake of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s telling global warming skeptics to “get out of this stock” if they did not agree with the company’s green investment strategy. Cook made his comments after being confronted by a free-market activist who pressed him on putting the environment ahead of profitable investments. “If you want me to do things only for [return on investment] reasons,

Celebrate Gay Marriage—or Else
National Review, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 2/28/2014 8:14:48 AM     Post Reply
Future historians will likely be flummoxed by the moment we’re living in. In what amounts to less than a blink of an eye in the history of Western civilization, homosexuality has gone from a diagnosed mental disorder to something to be celebrated — or else. Indeed, the rush to mandatory celebration is so intense, refusal is now considered tantamount to a crime. And, in some rare instances, an actual crime if the right constable or bureaucrat concludes that you have uttered “hate speech.” Or, if you refuse to bake a gay couple a cake for their wedding.

A Dangerous Deal
National Review, by John Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 1/28/2014 7:26:06 PM     Post Reply
For nearly three decades, Iran’s ayatollahs have outfoxed and outmaneuvered Western counter-proliferation efforts. Tehran has repeatedly bested our diplomats, our spies, and, most especially, our gullible political leaders. In the Joint Plan of Action, reached in Geneva this November, the mullahs did it again, worsening the already-grim prospects for stopping or even slowing Iran’s nuclear program. (snip) Worse, Secretary of State John Kerry, under a thick rhetorical fog, is blithely pursuing a “comprehensive solution,” despite the certainty that Iran will never agree to anything precluding it from possessing nuclear weapons.

As Obama dithers, North Africa unravels
New York Daily News, by John Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 12/28/2013 9:36:55 AM     Post Reply
As South Sudan’s conflict escalates rapidly toward outright civil war, President Obama has shown precious little interest. He has rightly dispatched military forces to protect and extract U.S. citizens, but evacuation hardly constitutes a strategy. Isolated troop deployments, however justifiable, merely underline the broader U.S. retreat across North Africa. Indeed, the Benghazi terrorist murders opened a 15-month period in which rising violence threatens to drown the region in blood. The list of armed clashes and terrorist attacks is long and growing, as is the list of failed and failing states. White House expressions of humanitarian concern are

   

 



 
Iran Nuclear Talks:
Unfinished, but Alive
New York Times, by Editorial Board    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 11/12/2013 10:23:55 AM     Post Reply
The inconclusive negotiations over the weekend on Iran’s nuclear program were disappointing, but two critical points have mostly been ignored. First, diplomacy takes work, and agreements rarely flow seamlessly from beginning to end. Second, if all those inveighing against any deal — namely members of Congress, Israel and Saudi Arabia — see the weekend results as a new opportunity to sabotage it, what is the alternative?

Potemkin Parliament
National Review, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 10/18/2013 5:44:56 PM     Post Reply
The least dispiriting moment of another grim week in Washington was the sight of ornery veterans tearing down the Barrycades around the war memorials on the National Mall, dragging them up the street, and dumping them outside the White House. This was, as Kevin Williamson wrote at National Review, “as excellent a gesture of the American spirit as our increasingly docile nation has seen in years.” Indeed. The wounded vet with two artificial legs balancing the Barrycade on his Segway was especially impressive.

Machines Gauging Your Star
Potential Automate HR Hiring
Bloomberg, by Aki Ito    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 10/12/2013 1:54:30 PM     Post Reply
They can drive cars, win Jeopardy and find your soon-to-be favorite song. Machines are also learning to decipher the most human qualities about you -- and help businesses predict your potential to be their next star employee. A handful of technology companies from Knack.it Corp. to Evolv Inc. are doing just that, developing video games and online questionnaires that measure personality attributes in a job applicant. Based on patterns of how a company’s best performers responded in these assessments, the software estimates a candidate’s suitability to be everything from a warehouse worker to an investment bank analyst.

Ryan Is Again in the
Forefront for the G.O.P.
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 10/12/2013 2:16:55 AM     Post Reply
Representative Paul D. Ryan may have temporarily receded into the Capitol shadows after his stinging vice-presidential defeat in November, but he remains a powerful presence among House Republicans, earning the respect of hard-line conservatives for his budget blueprint and the trust of anxious moderates for his pragmatism. Now, the impasse that has shuttered much of the government and steered the nation toward a default has offered the Wisconsin congressman a new opening to reassert himself — and suddenly a man who seemed in danger of being eclipsed as the face of his party has re-emerged as essential to its rescue.

Scoring the Syria Deal
National Review, by Daniel Pipes    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 9/17/2013 8:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Diplomacy has never witnessed anything like the dizzying and erratic sequence of events relating to Syria that began on Wednesday, August 21, and ended three and a half weeks later, on Saturday, September 14. Who won, who lost? It’s too soon for a definite answer, but Bashar Assad is in the driver’s seat, suggesting that he, Putin, and the mullahs will gain while Obama, Erdogan, and Israel will lose. (snip) Barack Obama’s foreign-policy credibility sinks and that of the United States with him, especially vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear buildup, at least until 2017.



Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)



Eric Holder explodes at GOP rep:
‘You don’t want to go there, buddy!’

93 replie(s)
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/8/2014 6:03:17 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder exploded at Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert during a House hearing Tuesday. In the midst of questions about the Justice Department’s failure to divulge documents about the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial, Gohmert made a side comment about how the House of Representatives found Holder in contempt in 2012 for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said. “You don’t want to go there, buddy! You

Hank Aaron Compares Republicans
That Oppose Obama To KKK

55 replie(s)
CBS, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FelineFine- 4/9/2014 11:02:02 AM     Post Reply
Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan. Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said that Republicans are hindering Obama’s job performance. “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.

Darrell Issa: Emails suggest Elijah Cummings
prompted IRS targeting of True the Vote

36 replie(s)
Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 4/9/2014 5:13:32 PM     Post Reply
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has accused the panel´s top Democrat of prompting the Internal Revenue Service in 2012 to target a conservative organization applying for nonprofit status. Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, nonprofit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud. The communications at one point involved Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official who Issa´s panel is poised to hold in contempt of Congress on Thursday for refusing to provide testimony about her

Meet the 2016 Republican Nominee
35 replie(s)
American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/9/2014 6:45:01 AM     Post Reply
How does the Republican Party establishment choose its presidential candidate? Typically, constitutionalists accuse their establishment rivals of being moderate, risk-averse, stubborn old fools who lack faith in conservative principles. This is a soothing interpretation, as it begins from the hypothesis that the contest between conservatives and the GOP elite is a family feud. But there is another hypothesis -- less soothing, but, at least from an outsider´s bird´s-eye view, more reconcilable with the facts. This hypothesis is that America has reached a stage of progressive soft despotism in which the only important family feud in national politics is between the fundamentally

RAND study: By our estimate, 3.9 million
people signed up for ObamaCare, not
7.1 million like the White House says

32 replie(s)
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/9/2014 4:25:19 AM     Post Reply
A caveat right off the bat: RAND’s estimate only runs through March 28 whereas the actual deadline for signing up was March 31st. Given the crush of traffic on Healthcare.gov in late March, many more people could have signed up over those last three days than were captured by these numbers. On the other hand, the White House was claiming six million sign-ups as of March 27. There’s no way to reconcile that with RAND’s data. One of them is wrong. Maybe both, in fact. There’s a big spike in Medicaid, just as everyone expected. There’s a less big but

Holder on Gohmert exchange: ‘What
attorney general has ever had to
deal with that kind of treatment?’

28 replie(s)
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/9/2014 7:08:41 PM     Post Reply
Eric Holder ventured off script in a speech Wednesday to the National Action Network, the organization led by MSNBC host and recently-exposed FBI informant Al Sharpton. “I’m pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms,” said Holder at the conference of black activists, before improvising “even in the face, even in the face, of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive adversity.” “If you don’t believe that, if you look at the way, forget about me, forget about me, if you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated

Top conservative: 2016 not
Ted Cruz´s turn, favors Mike
Pence-Rand Paul ticket

27 replie(s)
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/8/2014 9:25:30 PM     Post Reply
A founding father of the conservative movement who is now a star among Tea Party activists is urging the GOP to choose a governor to duel Washington “insider” Hillary Clinton for the White House, saying that 2016 isn´t the best time for Sen. Ted Cruz to run. Often called the “funding father” of conservatism for pioneering direct mail fundraising, Richard A. Viguerie believes that the Texas senator is a “game changer” for the movement but that the best way to beat Clinton is with a candidate from outside the beltway. “I don´t think it would be best for the conservative movement for

George Bush´s paintings
are ´copied off Google images
and Wikipedia´ art critic claims

27 replie(s)
Independent [UK], by Rob Williams    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/9/2014 10:47:55 AM     Post Reply
As a former President of The Most Powerful Country In The World, George W Bush has significantly greater access to world leaders than most budding artists. (Snip) Art critics have pointed out that a number of the 30 portraits in the exhibition appear to be based on images thrown up by a cursory search of the person´s name in Google Images. In some cases the portrait seems to have been based on the very first image result on the search engine. Rather remarkably, even the portrait of his own father, someone who he surely could have asked to sit for him, appears to be based on an Associated Press portrait which appears on the first page of

Firefox Expands Into Censorship
26 replie(s)
American Thinker, by Jack Kemp    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/9/2014 9:10:58 AM     Post Reply
This morning I clicked on a link to a Red State website article concerning “The War on Women” and “Paycheck Equality” and got quite a surprise (the same thing happens when a Firefox user goes directly to the article). Nanny Firefox posted a political opinion on my screen before allowing me to proceed to read the article. This message didn’t appear when I accessed a second article which met with Firefox’s political commissar’s approval. Here’s what Firefox said: Careful Now! (shouldn’t they have said “Achtung! or “Verboten!” or something similar?). This website could not be displayed by Firefox because it is not

Elderly couple attacked in restaurant
25 replie(s)
KATV-TV [Little Rock, AR], by Elicia Dover    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/8/2014 12:55:57 PM     Post Reply
Little Rock — An elderly couple was attacked at a restaurant when they asked a woman to refrain from cursing while talking on a cell phone, according to police. The incident happened at Cuisine of China on Geyer Springs road. In the police report, Don Francis, 74 and his wife Bettye Francis, 69, say they were attacked by Joecelyn Thornton, 33, after Francis asked her to stop cursing. In the surveillance video, a woman can be seen walking over to a table and pushing Francis. His wife intervenes and that´s when Thornton allegedly attacks her, pushing her into a table and punching

House Committee Votes to Refer ex-IRS
Official Lois Lerner for Criminal Charges

25 replie(s)
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 4/9/2014 2:29:40 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to refer former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. By a vote of 23 to 14, a closed-door session of the House committee determined that Lerner’s role in the alleged singling out of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for undue scrutiny was a criminal act. The vote was “just another attempt by Republicans to vilify Ms. Lerner for political gain,” according to the ex-IRS official’s attorney, William Taylor. In spite of the fact that the DOJ has already been investigating both Lerner and the alleged

Hillary Clinton Memoir
Will Be Released In June

24 replie(s)
Time Magazine, by Maya Rhodan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/9/2014 2:53:32 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoir of her time in the Obama Administration will be released on June 10, according to a website for the book. The book, which will be published by Simon & Shuster, will cover key moments during her time as Secretary of State, a position she held from 2009 to early 2013. Clinton also shares her thoughts on how to “navigate the challenges of the 21st century,”according to the website. It will be her second memoir after 2003´s Living History. The publisher has not yet released a title or a design of the book’s sleeve, though its contents are highly anticipated in the period leading up to the 2016 Presidential election.

   

Post Reply   Close thread 725530





Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google



© 2014 Lucianne.com Media Inc.

FS