While looking over an article at NPR today, I started thinking about the history of one of the more benign amendments to the Constitution, the 17th. In it, we have some interesting goings on back in the early 20th Century: http://www.usconstitution.net/constamnotes.html#Am17 Let the People elect the Representatives and Senators; something that Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and 3rd Parties could get behind, right? I guess not apparently so, as now some Reds, including Ted Cruz, as well as those in the conservative talk/blogosphere want to do away with it, by repealing the 17th Amendment. http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpoli...h-amendment-an-old-idea-gets-fresh-opposition Why would some Republicans and conservative pundits, who are all for small/limited government, want to strip away the rights of the people to choose their elected representatives and leave it to a state legislature (who they may not have voted in favour of) to choose the representative for them? That seems to be the very exact opposite of the political view that they stand for. BL.