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Showing posts from February 1, 2009
Contra Feingold and Pro Burris (Kind Of) Well, Senator Russ Feingold is at it again. When he's not proposing rankly unconstitutional campaign finance law, meritlessly accusing the president and his subordinates of war crimes, and being a general nuisance, he likes to undermine our Republic with bad ideas of the nearly irreversible variety. This time, he wants to remove the gubenatorial power given in many states in case of a US Senate vacancy. It really represents an expansion of the 17th Amendment (the direct election of US Senators) and thus, is a further harm to the people of the United States. Whereas the Senate had been designed as a check on the unstable popular will, ideally filled with people insulated from the immoralities inherent in the need for reelection, the Senate is now not a check on the popular will, but almost a perfect reflection of it. The business at hand in the United States is of the kind where the American people need to be protected from themselves. Who&#