The 17th Amendment Of The United States Constitution

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The 17th Amendment The American government was created based on the principle of federalism, the system of government that establishes a written constitution that divides the powers of government to a federal and state level. The U.S. Federal Government consists of three branches, the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. It also utilizes checks and balances so these branches have equal power. The main goal of federalism is to balance the central government with the state government, and initially the U.S. Constitution established that the Senate “shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature”(US Const. Article I, Section 3). However, in 1912 the 17th Amendment was ratified, which changed how Senators are elected. Instead of the people voting for state legislators who elect Senators, the people elected the Senators, making the election process of Senators a direct democracy. The Framers chose to create a republic instead of direct democracy in order to prevent social and elite groups from taking power. The 17th Amendment goes against does not just oppose the Constitution, but it also disputes the ideology of the American Government as a federal republic. Although most supporters of the 17th Amendment believe that it serves as a better mechanism for a representative government, it is unconstitutional because of its opposing qualities against the Framers who created the United States government with the vision of federalism and a republic. The

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