To date, sixteen senators have also served as president of the United States. Three senators–Warren G. Harding, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama–moved directly from the U.S. Senate to the White House. All three moved up since the passage of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution:
17th Amendment Section 1.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
While this simple amendment seems very democratic and harmless enough, the full intent was to destroy states’ rights so the Senators no longer served as effective lobbyists for the interests of the state legislatures that once elected them.
The method of representation of all too many Senators, with respect to their states’ interests, has produced utter chaos by striving to fulfill the “progressive” agenda. In effect, this reduced the number of potential managerially–qualified Presidential candidates by 2/3rds. Even the excellent Republican Senators that are at the top of the popular list have to overcome the handicap of being Senators under the 17th Amendment. This can be dealt with: www.articlevprojecttorestoreliberty.com
The frustration of California farmers and voters over the malfeasance of Senator Barbara Boxer – not to mention two Democrat Congressmen — shows on a highway sign that pleads to stop Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, and Congressman Jim Costa. Since the San Joaquin Valley of California produces a significant amount of our national and world food supply, this denial of water to a normally arid and fertile valley is criminal and even treasonous.
State governors, due to the requirements of their office, come better prepared for the business and human contact aspects of the Presidency. They are also conditioned to seek solutions to problems. State legislators are elected by their district constituencies and are responsible to them. The Governor manages the interests of all subject to the legislature. The Senator is obligated to represent the state government’s interests at the nation’s capital – except under the 17th Amendment.
A Governor or a Senator who has the experience of representing the state’s interests could make an excellent Presidential candidate from either party. By Senators, as members of a tight club with little interest in their state’s needs, they easily become victims to the siren call of the “progressive” who has no respect for the sanctity of human life or the nation and its Constitution. Liberal or conservative, the “progressive” philosophy benefits no one save human greed. Like the 17th Amendment, they consistently violate the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity leading to selfishness and dependency.
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