A buddy of mine that I often talk politics with asked me recently why I’m opposed to the direct election of Senators. I walked through all the reasons I don’t like it, but wasn’t able to wrap it up neatly for him.
This morning, I emailed him a link to Tam’s post on the 17th Amendment, because she quite eloquently summarizes everything that I don’t like about the 17th, and why it was such a blow to the system of government that the Founding Fathers had designed. It’s a great post, and she does manage to tie it up with that bow that I was looking for a few weeks ago.
Ultimately though, I agree with Sebastian who says:
The real problem is that our culture worships at the altar of democratic governance. Power to the people, and all that. Not enough stop and think that maybe the people, when they act collectively through voting, are actually pretty collectively stupid.
Reminds of the line from Men in Black: “A person is smart, people are dumb, panicky, and stupid”; or something along those lines.