Smitty, no fan of the Seventeenth Amendment — this is the one that took selection of Senators away from the state legislatures — once came up with a scheme to correct the presumed imbalance of power caused by the Seventeenth. It went something like this:
Every Congress must win approval from two thirds of the state legislatures in the 18th month of the Congress, or none of the members of the Congress are permitted to run for re-election for their current seat.
Let’s see. What’s two-thirds of 57?
I have some qualms about this proposal in the current environment: a Congress bent on austerity — yeah, like that’s going to happen — might be marked for extinction by states overwhelmed by deficits and desperate for handouts, or a small number of staggeringly-unpopular individuals could bring down the whole system.
Let’s test the latter premise. Would you, as a state legislator, vote to dissolve a Congress just to get rid of [fill in name of Congressional pariah]?
- Hell, yes
I thought as much. So apparently this idea has some redeeming social value after all.