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Democratic Socialism's 17th Amendment, Direct Election of Senators, Rescued the U.S. from Conservatism at its Worst

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The 17th Amendment, removed from state legislatures the power to choose U.S. Senators and gave that power directly to voters in each state; the only amendment to make our Democratic Republic more democratic, in a substantial way.

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The stranglehold that the right has over our Representative Democracy with the Electoral College, Mitch McConnell and his accomplices’ and the Robert’s Five are intolerable and may seem as bad as it can get. Not so! Imagine these with gerrymandered state legislatures, with their members able to take political contributions from mega-donors choosing Our Senators.

The linked article’s tag-line speaks volumes: The right wing is looking to accomplish through gerrymandering what it can't do at the ballot box. On the agenda: a model bill to repeal the 17th Amendment, a thorn which conservative have been plagued by for over a century.

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