Thursday, April 19, 2012

Anti-Democratic measures in the Constitution: no election of Senators until 1913

Which is a little different than the character of the folks who founded the country. Up until 1913 the State Legislatures selected who would be the two Senators sent to Washington, some with input from constituents, some without. This isn't ancient history. Essentially you have half of Congress being selected by the political establishment of the States, who were told to select the 'better sorts of people', from 1789 to 1913, meaning that the great Senators sometimes presented as august leaders of the country may have been selected through good ole' boys networks instead of by citizens themselves. 

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