According to the Arizona Daily Star and Capitol Media Services' Howard Fischer:
He said his measure would be a partial return to the way things were before the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted.I gather responsiveness to the citizens is just a formality.
Until then, each state legislature selected its U.S. senators. Voters selected only the folks going to the House of Representatives. The 1913 amendment requires direct election of all members of Congress.
Stevens said that amendment was a mistake. He said the old system ensured that senators were responsive to the desires of state lawmakers.
"The state is supreme over the federal government," he said. "And when they weren't doing what we thought they should be doing, we could recall them at any time."Ponder with me the thought of our gridlocked, ideologically tainted, debt-ridden legislature appointing the slate of senators we voted for... and later recalling them because the state pols didn't like what the federal pols were doing. Okay, maybe that last part won't happen.
But at least ponder one of our state lawmakers saying that our state is supreme over the federal government. I'm hoping Rep. Stevens is speaking only in the context of the 17th Amendment and U.S. Senators.
You gotta worry a little.