Saturday, October 6, 2007

Reforming the Republic

Yes, yes: the United States (plural) are no longer a republic; rather it (singular) has become an empire. I take this to be so obviously self-evident that it is hardly worth arguing over. But what is to be done about this state-of-affairs?

Kevin R. C. Gutzman makes an interesting case for righting the so frequent misapplication of the federal constitution: repeal the Seventeenth Amendment, and return to the states their sole significant check on federal overreaching. By returning the election of senators to the state legislatures - and thereby stripping it from popular election - Gutzman introduces a distributist principle proven a protector of liberty: the devolution of power.

Interesting idea. It would certainly encourage us to watch more closely (and, perhaps, take more responsibility for) the actions of our local legislators. Thoughts?

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