"A senator now is just a big Rep, and for six years." Mark Bircher Get's It!Submitted by fireant on Sat, 12/21/2013 - 00:40
My litmus test for any candidate who professes anything about the constitution is to ask them about the 16th and 17th amendments. Mark Bircher passed with flying colors. Our conversation:
> My jaw dropped when I read your comments on taxation at http://www.dailypaul.com/308298/us-marine-brigadier-general-...
> Finally! A political candidate has read and understood the Constitution!!!
> I hope you likewise grasp the significance of the 17th Amendment. The 16th and 17th work together, and once eliminated, will correct the profligate spending in DC. God bless you sir. I will send some $ soon. Wish you were my rep!
Thank you for your comments. As you correctly stated, the 17th might even be more pernicious than the 16th. Some scholars believe the 17th is unconstitutional on its face because it changed the very structure of the government. Similar to a proposed 28th Amendment that said, "President Obama is president for life." Removing the Senate from election by the State legislatures (a totally different demographic from the "mob") was the very foundation of the Republic. Even the Romans rejected the Greek notion of "democracy". The Framers forbade even the word "democracy" from being in the US Const. John Adams vociferously rejected democracy, "Concerning taxation, the Tyranny of the Majority can be worse than the Tyranny of any King."
Madison observed, "The corruption of the mob in the Lower House, will be checked at the door of the Senate." Well, not so any more. A senator now is just a big Rep, and for six years. Senators were supposed to act more like ambassadors to the Fed Govt, thinking more of the interests of their States. Of course the State Legislature was usually full of people that knew the proper function of government, and that their really is no free lunch.
As you probably are familiar with, Alexis deTocqueville opined, "The American Democracy will last until the American People discover they can vote themselves benefits." How he knew that in the 1830s, a century before any entitlements were given, is a point of amazement for me.
The Fed Reserve Bank, 16th and 17th amend, were all around the same time. I do not think that was a coincidence.
Sorry for the long rambling, but you can tell how important this is to me.
VR, Mark Bircher
His site: http://www.bircherforcongress.com/
This man needs some energy from us!
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