Seventeenth Amendment

“The proposed Constitution, so far from implying an abolition of the State governments, makes them constituent parts of the national sovereignty, by allowing them a direct representation in the Senate, and leaves in their possession certain exclusive and very important portions of sovereign power. This fully corresponds, in every rational import of the terms, with the idea of a federal government”-Federalist 9, by Alexander Hamilton

A States’ Liberty Flag of Independence


50 State Legislatures Have the Power to Take Back Washingtonstep

Montana bill SJ-10, to repeal the 17th Amendment, in 2003 passed the Judiciary Committee 6-3 but was defeated in the full Senate.

Text of Proposed Montana Resolution and Amendment

Why should we repeal the 17th Amendment?

Learn why from State Senator Jerry O’Neil, author of the Montana bill

In 1791 the state legislatures ran the United States Senate, but the 17th Amendment passed in 1913, reversed the power of the states, removing their control over Washington and creating two separate and redundant Houses of the People..

With no guidance by the legislatures, Congress has a misdirected role, duplicating functions the Constitution had given to the states.   Gun regulation should be a federal issue whenever it involves  the movement of guns between states, sale of a gun to a non-resident, or when the separate state legislatures see need for a uniform law,.  A Senate not answerable to the state legislators will pass bills to please their constituents, duplicating House bills and negating more relevant laws passed by the separate states.

Erosion of  state power will continue until the states regain their former control of  the Senate

The 17th Amendment did more than increase the role of the federal government.  It fundamentally changed the Constitution because it ended  the states legislative role  in Washington.

The States’ Liberty Party will repeal the 17th Amendment  and reaffirm the perpetuity of the United States Constitution  and first several amendments.

 Repeal 17th!

by John MacMullin

 In the original design by the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, there was an effective check on Congress through the state legislatures’ power to appoint (and remove) U.S. Senators.  The 17th Amendment  eliminated the checks and balances available to the states over federal power or over Congress itself in any area.

Amplifying the Tenth Amendment

Law Review by John MacMullin,  Cited as “worth reading” by the National Law Journal

In Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority the Supreme Court recognized that the seventeenth amendment, which provides for the popular election of Senators, may have diminished the influence that state governments have over the federal political process and, thereby, the effectiveness of the states’ role in that process

The Founding Fathers Success Formula

By Friends For America

Friends For America– a non-profit Corp.–was founded by volunteers to bring about a rebirth of freedom by restoring the balance of powers between the state governments and national government, with a mission of educating state legislators of their responsibility to maintain states rights and sovereignty.


Publius and the Oracle

By Jim Hauser

He said that he was from the future and had come back in time to point out an error in the proposed constitution for the states.  I was just getting ready to point out to him that what he foresees as the future of this country could never happen according to his imaginary account. Aside from the checks in the Constitution there is the moral fiber of humanity that gets it’s sustenance from above. The people of this soon to be born nation will never allow such foolish things to happen.

United States Fiscal Issues

By John MacMullin

Thomas Jefferson once stated during the formation of the U.S. Government: “We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant’s books, so that every member of [the] Union, should be able to comprehend them to investigate abuses, and consequently to control them.”

Internet Links…

US Constitution: Seventeenth Amendment

Amendment text and Findlaw annotations

Should it be Repealed?  by John Dean

John Dean, a FindLaw columnist, is a former Counsel to the President of the United States

The States’ Rights Question by Jeffery A. Tucker,

As John MacMullin has pointed out, the change imposed by the 17th amendment dealt a fatal blow to full representation by the states in shaping federal policy

Far-Reaching and Forgotten: The 17th Amendment

The Seventeenth Amendment, ratified in 1913, changed the method of selecting senators from election by state legislatures to popular election. This change was made during the height of the Progressive Era, a populist movement that sought increased suffrage, a bigger role for government, and other democratic reforms.

Amending the Constitution

The U.S. Constitution has changed over time, sometimes by formal amendment and other times by judicial interpretation, presidential and congressional action, and general custom and practice.

United States Senate

Official web site of the US Senate

Montana Bill for Repealing 17th Amendment

A draft bill sponsored by Montana State Senator Jerry O’Neill is being introduced into Montana Legislature early next week urging Congress to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

New Hampshire Resolution to Restore the 10th Amendment

That New Hampshire and the sovereign people of this state from this day forward shall not be subject to any law, rule, resolution, code, or executive order that exceeds the scope of the several parts of the constitutions of either New Hampshire or of the subordinate United States of America.



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