Amendment 17 + Federalist 63 = Article 5


The founders were not inventors, they tried to emulate the best examples in history:  A government based on a powerful appointed senate.

“It adds no small weight to all these considerations, to recollect that history informs us of no long-lived republic which had not a senate. Sparta, Rome, and Carthage are, in fact, the only states to whom that character can be applied.”

The three longest lasting governments in world history all had a common element: Carthage, Sparta, and Rome, all had appointed or lifetime senators.  (This has been fact checked.) In 1913, Amendment 17 ended the United States’ appointed Senate and we changed from a bicameral republic to a bicameral democracy.  Yes, directly electing senators make them a democratic body, not a republic.

History of Democracy

All democracies become communist, they DON’T fix themselves. The public schools are not teaching this any more – they are LYING about democracy being good. Polybius first noticed the failing trend 2300 years ago.   He perfectly describes us today:  “Voters bribed by the politicians”.   No democracy in world history has survived more than 2-3 generations before the carnage begins.

Democracy is endorsed by Communist Icon Vladimir Lenin:  “Democracy is indispensable to socialism.”

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” John Adams 

The Solution is Article 5

We MUST have one or more Article 5 conventions to:

  • Abolish amendment 17, thus makes us a republic again, see Federalist #63
  • Limit the judiciary to yes/no decisions
  • Let governors cancel a SCOTUS decision by majority vote,
  • Mandate Constructionist rulings by the SCOTUS

These will reinforce states powers EXPLICITELY using Article 1 section 8 – an iteration of the powers of congress.

John D. Lofgren @ Junto Club:
Author of “Atlas Shouts”  which was the #2 rated Money book on Amazon:
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John Lofgren spent over 10 years researching US economic history, identifying best practices, and exposing findings in public forums in researching his well reviewed book, "Atlas Shouts". John earned degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida. A computer engineer, he holds five patents and has thirty years of design experience in electronics and design automation. He is also an accomplished lead singer and guitarist in a Motown/Classic Rock band.