3) The United States Federal Government was obstinately set up to minimize the aforementioned trend, but several big mistakes (Reynolds v. Sims and the 17th Amendment top the list) along the way and 200 years of mission creep have undermined most of the protections put in place.
I never understood why people complain about the second amendment. How could the direct election of senators be a bad thing? Being a senator used to be the ultimate political patronage job, reserved for robber barons and others with lots of state influence. Now they are elected by the people of the state. What is the heathy problem here. How does that weaken the nation and freedom?
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