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June 1, 2010
By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Of all the goofy ideas from those lovable, wacky Tea Partyers, the suggestion that we repeal the 17th amendment, and take the direct election of U.S. senators away from the people, is the stupidest.
Having spent much of the last five years immersed in the newspapers, speeches and history of the Populist and Progressive Eras, I can tell you why Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson and millions of Americans took the election of the Senate from the state legislatures, and gave it to the people: The legislatures were corrupt!