Folks  the "progressives" had a diabolical reason for the 17th amendment ! It made it easier to convince the sheeple that it would give them more power by directly electing their Senators when in reality it usurped their power and nationalized the Senate ! They had to have this amendment to proceed with their evil plan to centralize the government . It makes it easier to demagogue the sheeple, if you don't believe me read some of the comments of those opposed to repealing it. It is imperative we educate our followers and join the campaign to restore federalism ! One of the fundamental presumptions of the U.S. Constitution is this: when governmental power is consolidated and unlimited it is unresponsive to the needs of the governed. The framers originally sought to prevent the overreach of government by creating an elegant framework to distribute power as widely as possible through a structured competition of natural self-interests. It is for this reason that the framers preserved the integrity of the states, these independent but united “laboratories of democracy”, and it is this federal system that the 17th Amendment (which provides for the direct, popular election of U.S. Senators) destroyed. This amendment has resulted in, as the framers predicted, a national government with influence, power and control unchecked by any political mechanism. This unlimited structure threatens the uniquely American way of life and the solvency of the national government.  Http:// 
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