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View Diary: Gerrymandering, Electoral College by Congressional district, and the 17th Amendment. (100 comments)

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  •  Originally, Senators were appointed. (1+ / 0-)
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    MadGeorgiaDem

    But that was a problem, because there were a lot of crony appointments, a lot of corruption, and appointing Senators takes the people out of the process.

    •  True, but (1+ / 0-)
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      rmabelis

      senators were never meant to represent the people. They were meant to represent the interests of the states. In many ways bicameralism has been a failed experiment in American politics. It doesn't have much purpose on the state level or national level, but as an added check on the legislature. Yet, it's not going anyway on the national level anytime soon. Smaller states would cry afoul if anyone attempted to abolish it. I wouldn't recommend it either, there are much better ways to reform our democratic system than abolishing the senate and/or repealing the 17th amendment.

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