While I am here talking about a constitutional amendment, I thought I take the time and talk about Prop 8 and it's impact.
Let me be brutally honest with you. Since Henry VIII got his hands on marriage, it hasn't been the same. We all know the story. Henry didn't get a son from his first wife and so he wanted a divorce. Rome at the time didn't think that was a good enough reason and so did not oblige the King of England. So Henry threw a fit and cut off relations with Rome. He then set up the Church of England and made himself head of a religion, thus why we have separation of church and state. However we made the same mistake of making what should be a religious institution, a state institution.
Henry VIII's legacy is damning. Today, marriage has more to do with politicians and lawyers than your local clergy. Marriage has become a joke and vows are ignored. It's bottom of the barrel nonsense and you know it. The state has taken something good and twisted it into something rotten. I find it poetic that California's proposition shared a title with the man who destroyed marriage.
Again, I want to put out the idea of Civil Unions for everyone. Let's give marriage back to church/temple/mosque and let them marry anyone they want. Let politicians and lawyers deal with Civil Unions and leave marriage a sacred religious institution. I want to make it clear that I don't think people should stay married if they don't love each other. I am just saying that a priest is more willing to save a marriage than the government, because it is way to easy to get a divorce through the state. They don't care if you stayed married, because lawyers make too much money on divorce and many politicians are lawyers. Give everyone Civil Unions and let's be done with it. If the gay community is still up in arms after getting the equal rights they have wanted, then they are just in it to annoy the religious right and we can call them on it.
However, that is not what I came to talk about. I came here to talk about repealing the 17th Amendment (please read this before going forward).
I asked before if the amendment should be repeal, but now I think we should definitely work to repeal this injustice to the United States Constitution and States' Rights.
Today, state governments are nothing more than glorified lobbying groups trying to get any scraps of power and money from the federal government. Sure we should have a strong central government, but power should come from the bottom up and not the other way around. Senators are
elected, sorry, chosen with a popularity contest every six years at a time and not accountable to anyone. The Average Joe doesn't know what their Senators are doing in those six years, just look at Ted Stevens. The guy would not be re-elected by the Alaskan State Legislature, no matter what kind of pork he brought home. I guarantee you that a person will be elected to the US Senate no more than three times if the 17th is repealed.
You ever watch C-SPAN and see some poor sap get grilled by US Senators? What is good for the goose, is good for the gander. I would love to see them grilled for their actives and laws that they voted for/against. State legislatures are more equipped to hold a fourth of the federal government accountable than we will ever have (think about the $700 Billion Crap Sandwich). State elections will also become more important than they are today.
Zell Miller once said that the 17th Amendment has "allowed Washington’s special interests to call the shots, whether it is filling judicial vacancies, passing laws, or issuing regulations." If we are really serious about reforming government, let us start with the US Senate. Nowadays, more lobbyist money is spent on the US Senate than any body of government. It is way too easy to focus on corrupting just 100 people. You would need billions to corrupt 50 full state legislatures. Senators also will not need those millions just to get elected/re-elected.
So in closing, repealing the 17th Amendment would do three things for us: (1) give more accountability to the US Senate, (2) give more power to the states, and (3) reform campaign finance. If you disagree, then please, it better be a very good reason as to why more of the same is a good idea.