The Importance Of The 17th Amendment In The Constitution

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One of the amendments in the Constitution is important to recognize because it represents liberty. Freedom for a state to maintain its independence amongst a nation of other states with different ideas, but all of them look for the same thing, freedom. The 17th Amendment was established to give citizens more power within the government by voting for people, senators, to represent their state. These senators have a responsibility to abide to the standards set forth onto them from the founders of the Constitution. The founders had set these standards, or roles, to ensure the freedom of the people by having them have control of their rights in the nation verse the government. Legislators voted for senators before the citizens did because it was …show more content…
They wanted to maintain the individual liberty that would guard the citizens from the central government, specifically, taking power away from the government. They wanted to make sure to maintain individual rights by enforcing what they had placed in the Declaration of Independence. The main duty of the states was to defend and protect the rights of the people by listening to concerns or issues that they have. Like many other established ideas of the founding fathers, things in history have been distorted. For example, legislation had been in control of appointing senators for 125 years before the 17th Amendment was ratified. By then, things have been …show more content…
It went from being a positive aspect to a negative one in a matter of years. When it first came out, it was supposed to give people more of a say in government in their states, but of course the government transferred it into more power to them. The states had roles set by the Founding Fathers to give citizens their rights to control the government. There were concerns about the 17th Amendment set forth when it was established back in 1913 but those concerns became a reality. The vote for the states senators were left to the legislators for a long time before the amendment was first ratified. Leaving that option open for the legislators to vote caused issues but when the amendment passed, bigger problems occurred. People began to change their minds on the amendment and wanted to repeal it, because it gave the government more power verses the people. There is a reason this became an amendment but corruption continued with or without

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