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The 17th Amendment (January 26th)

Updated: Apr 22

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Imagine yourself at home one evening... you just cracked open a cool drink, frying up some catfish and hush puppies, and a grease fire erupts. Being the smart and conscientious homeowner you are you have a fire extinguisher handy and start to extinguish the fire.


All of a sudden, the fire department shows up, takes the fire extinguisher away from you, pours accelerant on the fire, and does nothing to extinguish the inferno, allowing it to rage uncontrollably until your house is burned down. You file an insurance claim to get your home rebuilt but it is rejected outright with no reason given. Then the government takes your land away, gives it to total strangers, and confiscates your wages at the point of a gun to support them. 


Folks, that's exactly what is happening at Eagles Pass, Texas, and all along the southern border and throughout the country, right now, as we speak. 


The Biden administration has an actionable policy of importing hundreds of thousands if not millions of military aged men into the country with no vetting, no documented reason for entry, and with no criminal or medical screening. The invasion is being coordinated by international criminal cartels and gangs, who also happen to import deadly drugs into the country killing hundreds of thousands of our military aged youth and engage in human trafficking, and as we have chronicled previously, they are about the size financially of General Motors. To quote former Arizona GOP chair Jeff deWitt, they're in all 50 states. It is also being facilitated by a circular flow of money from the federal government to NGO's (non governmental organizations) both domestic and international that provide the day-to-day support for the invasion.


Forget the lies that Biden, academia, and the media spew about extreme ultra MAGA and climate change being the greatest threat to democracy; when this many illegal aliens are imported, well organized logistically, given financial support by the government, strategically inserted into vital areas all across the country- and I might add that there are an estimated 494 million firearms in the United States that the invaders can potentially have access to-  you have the real greatest existential threat to this country. 


So how did we get here? The answer is complicated but it boils down to 3 things:  1) Greed, on the part of politicians and interests that financially support the politicians; 2) The long held goal of Marxist academicians who have now infiltrated government at all levels to collapse our social system so they can reconstruct it into socialism and eventually communism; and 3) Short sightedness on the part of the states going back a century.


Those first two are self-explanatory, but let's dig a little deeper into the third: When the 17th amendment was ratified in 1913, it superseded Article 1, Section 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of the constitution, and eliminated the rights of state legislatures to appoint their own representatives to the senate. The framers correctly divided the legislative branch equally between congress, which represents the people and is elected proportionally, and the senate, which represents the states and was designed to have two representatives each, appointed by the states. 


The people had half of the legislative branch, the states had the other half, with each state having equal representation. To quote James Madison: "Another advantage accruing from this ingredient in the constitution of a senate, is the additional impediment it must prove against improper acts of legislation. No law or resolution can now be passed without the concurrence first of the majority of the people, and then of a majority of the states." 


The 17th amendment did away with that. It permanently altered the balance of power and was the greatest shift away from federalism toward statism in the history of our country, a shift away from a constitutional republic of states toward a true centralized democracy. It took away the states' representation in the federal legislative process and upset the carefully crafted balance of power. 


Today we find ourselves in crisis, where the centralized federal government is at odds with 25 states, and largely because of the 17th amendment, the states are effectively fighting with one hand behind their back, in so many ways powerless. The apparatus our founders envisioned having the power to stop this is instead complicit, bought and paid for, unaccountable to the state legislatures in any real and meaningful way, and the states have no direct representation. 


As for the illegal invasion at the southern border, it is by far the biggest current issue, but like so many crises and inflection points in our past, it boils down to a question of the interests of the states versus omnipotent federal power. Our framers correctly envisioned this struggle occurring and set up a framework to address it, one that we greedily and ignorantly squandered. 

Of all the myriad of reasons we must re-elect President Trump and MAGA representatives to our legislatures, that struggle for the balance of power between federalism and statism is the greatest and most consequential- both short term and long term. Our culture, sovereignty, and dare I say viability, hang in the balance, because one thing that our framers knew still holds true and will never change- ceding power and rights to an omnipotent central government never turns out well.      

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