Re: The Second Amendment---Broken down
belercous: I agree that the Constitution mandated that we were to be a Republic. The first sentence of Article 4. section 4. makes that clear as stated in part "The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,". I believe that the 17th amendment passed in 1913 "bastardized" our union so that is it neither a republic nor a democracy. The states are simply no longer represented thereby killing the mandated republican form of government as guaranteed by Article 4 section 4 and the people of the several states cannot vote for those states Representatives(the senate), thereby killing the concept of a democracy. My point is that the Constitution has or lets say HAD a common thread whereby the states where considered separate and apart from the people and in my view the four best places to see that common thread as it weaves through the Constitution is in Article 1 section 3. which provides for senators to be appointed into office by their respective states legislature, Article 4. section 4 as mentioned, the 10th amendment and the second amendment. As I am sure you are aware the senate was constitutionally designed to watch over the house being their check so the peoples Representatives did not get out of hand pandering to only what the people want, IE. spend, spend, spend, to the point of bankrupting the United States which I don't believe would have happened if the states had been represented. Today the senate, now made up of persons voted into office by the people of their state although still constitutionally mandated to look over the House's shoulder, is like asking a coyote to look after your chickens. This has been known to be a problem since around 550 to 600 BC as warned by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle that a democracy fails when the people can get their hands on the treasury of their government through their elected officials. I could not even dream up a better case in point or a scenario than what we are experiencing at this very moment.