Wise Government 37

Dear Mr. Franklin,

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” J. Madison


While U.S. Representatives have always been elected by the people’s direct vote, originally U.S. Senators were to be elected by each State’s legislature. Article 1, Section 3 states, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof.” The Founders intended that Senators would represent the State’s voice in the nation’s affairs. However, the 17th Amendment ratified in 1913 says, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof…” The States, which ratified the Constitution, have lost their voice.

Constitution Party

If we are to see a return to the states those powers, programs, and sources of revenue that the federal government has unconstitutionally taken away, then it is also vital that we repeal the Seventeenth Amendment and return to state legislatures the function of electing the U.S. Senate. In so doing, this would return the U.S. Senate to being a body that represents the legislatures of the several states on the federal level and, thus, a tremendously vital part of the designed checks and balances of power that our Constitution originally provided.

Democratic Party

(No mention of repealing the 17th Amendment.)

Libertarian Party

(No mention of repealing the 17th Amendment.)

Republican Party

(No mention of repealing the 17th Amendment.)

About Mel Valkner

Mel Valkner CongressMelvin Valkner, CPA is a life-long resident of the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. After serving in the U.S. Army with tours in Vietnam and Germany, he attended Western Michigan University (WMU) graduating with the double majors of political science and philosophy. Returning to WMU for two more years of business and accounting classes he eventually became a CPA and tax professional.

Leaving public accounting he became a healthcare administrator, financial executive in manufacturing, education and service industries, entrepreneur and author. He is a former First Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan (USTPM.org), Michigan's affiliate of the national Constitution Party. He remains Chairman of the Kalamazoo County affiliate.