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  •  False dichotomy (0+ / 0-)

    I reject the notion that the only two options are direct election of Senators and corruptible appointments by state legislatures.

    •  There is only one proposal on the table from (0+ / 0-)

      ALEC.  Go back to the pre-17th amendment process of legislative appointment of Senators, or keep the current system sanctioned by the 17th, and allow the people to directly elect them.

      First you say I'm doing a non-sequitur, then a false dichotomy.  What else is there to discuss here?  My premise is that the old system was changed in the early 1900's Good Government era because the old system had proven to be rife with corruption.  The Goo-Goo's had it right, in my opinion, and I do not support returning to an era of supremely bad government.  If the vehicle to achieve that is to repeal the 17th amendment, then I do not support that proposal.

      And I will say that I do not believe that all appointed senators were corrupt, or that the system that made those appointments was always corrupt.  I think history can demonstrate that the people of the early 20th century recognized that it was corrupt enough to take action.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 06:27:55 PM PST

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      •  I'm not sure we really disagree (0+ / 0-)

        I've never said ALEC's proposal is worthwhile.  My only point has been that direct election of Senators is not the only way to go, and that letting the states decide how to appoint or elect their own representatives in Congress has some conceptual merit.

        Obviously we'd need some sort of restrictions in order to prevent the corruption we saw before the Seventeenth Amendment was enacted.

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