Much of our collapse is due to the States being diminished as political objects.
Well, we did sort of fight a war over that, and your Confederate heroes lost.
Let's be honest: ultimately, the States were diminished as political objects because they just didn't know how to behave like human beings.
Slave patrols, segregation, Jim Crow, etc. And with recent efforts to disenfranchise poor and minority voters, discriminate against women and gays and continue to fly the symbol of treason and treachery in America as part of their state flags and license plates, it appears they still don't know how to behave.
The effort to stop direct elections of senators is just another of Mark Levin's "Republicans Lose Elections" amendments, which many of you believe have become necessary because...Republicans lose elections. Go down the list of the Liberty Amendments and you'll see that it's got little to do with "restoring the Constitution" and everything to do with, "Man, people hate us, so how can we get back in power?"