Option #3 – Save America or Break It

“The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one vote.” ~ Article I, Section 3, Constitution of the United States

Contrary to popular belief, Senators in the United States Senate are not representatives of the United States of America.  Intent in the Constitution was to create two state representatives to fight for state issues at the Federal level.  Therefore, Senators should be viewed as members from a certain state, appointed from that certain state.

The House of Representatives was created to choose members from different states which would be Representatives of the United States of America to deal with national level issues.  These individuals would be the point on defense and monetary issues which directly involve this nation’s place in the world.  They were designed to be America’s voice in creating laws of the land.  They voted with the intent of putting the needs of the country first.

The Senate was designed in a whole different manner.  At the start of this country, each Senator was chosen by state legislature and not by a citizen vote.  There was an understanding that a Senator was designed to be a representative of the state for which they came.  They were voting on issues at the Federal level with the understanding that they were putting the best interest of the people of their state first. 

In May of 1912, the Congress of the United States passed the 17th Amendment.  The 17th Amendment changed how a Senator was chosen and in essence put the Senate on a path for which is was never intended to take.

“The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote.” ~ Opening sentence for the 17th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States

The 17th Amendment established that the vote of the people will choose both state’s Senators.  Since we have established the fact that Senators are representatives of their respective state, we should see this reflected in the popular vote system.  The problem with this is that is has turned into an abused system where the major populous metropolitan areas of a state area hoarding the votes and controlling the choice for each Senator.  In essence this means that Senators have stopped being representatives of a state, and instead have become representative of a few cities in a state.  Also since the mix of demographics in nearly every major metropolitan center of America is the same, these Senators have become nothing more that national, city-level representatives that do not truly represent their own state.

So let’s go to a great example: Harry Reid!

Harry Reid is the poster child of being a city-level representative Senator.  In the election of 2010, Senator Reid won the popular vote of Nevada by a little over 41,000 votes against opponent Sharron Angle.  In the election Reid won only three of Nevada’s 17 counties.  This means that inside the state of Nevada, 14 counties, or 82.4% of the counties were not represented in the vote.  Two of the three counties Reid won hold the cities of Reno, Las Vegas, and Henderson in them.  These three metropolitan areas ruled the rest of the state.  Reno, Henderson, and Las Vegas are contained within Washoe and Clark counties.  In this election Reid won these two counties by over 68,000 votes.  He lost the rest of the state by 27,000 votes.  Senator Harry Reid is not a representative of the state of Nevada he’s a representative of Nevada’s major cities! 

What has happened in Nevada underscores the current problem we face with the Senate.  It seems the system has been hijacked so that we no longer have state representatives unless enough people in the state can stand up against the big cities which have hijacked our representation.  What we see more than often are big city representatives controlling the vote of the rest of a state.  We need a system that will bring back the representation back to the people. 

Here’s the plan.

From here on out we need to stop the major cities from taking and silencing the representation of our states.  The only way an entire state can be represented is that we need to throw out the popular vote method of winning a state.  We will still have an election, but instead of the popular vote winning a state, the popular vote will win a county.  Each county in a state will get one vote based on who wins the county.  Whichever candidate wins more of the counties represents the state!  It’s that simple.  In the case of Nevada, the 14 counties would have had the say over the three.  The majority of Nevada as a whole would have had a true representative, instead of having a few cities silence the majority of the counties.

We need to get back to having people who represent a state not a few cities.  We need to implement a system where the Senator chosen is not part of a nationwide conglomerate of major metropolitan centers working together to silence the majority of America’s counties.  We have too many people in America who are not represented properly by the intent of the Constitution.  The Constitution intended for a Senator to be a representative of their state.  It’s time to change this.

By implementing a County Based Selection Process, we can return the Senate back to its original intent.  Also this type of system would still fall in line with the intent of the 17th Amendment in that it will still allow the people to vote for and elect their Senators.  We have way too many states hijacked by cities which prevent full representation of a state.  We can fix this now.

Please contact your state legislature and have them implement a County Based Selection Process for the 2014 Senatorial Election.  We need to get this in place and law before the end of 2013.  It’s up to you to make this happen.

~ J.C.

    • Cheryl
    • November 18th, 2012

    I especially like this one, John. Have sent it on to some others who are wracking their brains as well. You did a great job with this one!! Thanks for all your mental cartwheels. I appreciate it!

  1. John I agree 100%. This is one of the initiatives I have been arguing for on my wall for a long time.

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