17th Amendment & State Sovereignty
By Devvy Kidd
Last month, Tennessee State Representative Susan Lynn sent out a letter to members of the other 49 state legislatures titled, ‘They Can’t Push Us Around Forever.’  Over the past year, 36 states of the Union have declared via resolutions, to be sovereign and have taken the position that the federal machine has no lawful authority for much of what we’ve seen come out of Congress for the past 50 years. In essence, they’re saying ‘Enough is Enough.’ However, these resolutions have no teeth for enforcement. 
These Tenth Amendment resolutions are nothing new. Back in the mid-90’s a similar movement took place and we can all see nothing ever came of it because the states not only continued to take money from the federal government, they have continued to ignore the non-ratified Seventeenth Amendment. Why is this so important?
Sen. Olympia Snowe, is a liberal, progressive Democrat masquerading as a Republican. Snowe supports killing unborn babies, is pro-sodomy, anti-Second Amendment, voted no on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for an abortion and voted yes on adding sexual deviants (“gays”) to the definition of the latest unconstitutional hate crime bill that was passed. She supports the massive fraud called global warming and is for another massive rip-off called ‘cap and trade’. Snowe wouldn’t know what the U.S. Constitution said if James Madison stood in front of her and read it word for word.
Over the past few months, Snowe has been in the spot light as being the possible ‘swing’ vote to support the illegal health care “reform” bills now being shoved down our throats, which will spark massive lawsuits to stop enforcement.  
This illegal health care reform monstrosity is just another Ponzi scheme that will further bankrupt this country. Regardless of the ‘final product,’ it will do nothing towards real health care coverage reform that should be undertaken by the states. On October 16, 2009, I watched the CEO of Blue Cross, Scott Serota, on Neil Cavuto (Fox News Network – FNN) state that it was important to get young, healthy Americans “into the pool” to lower costs of health care – The same taxing scheme as social security – a program that is TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE HOLE. 
What does any of this have to do with the Seventeenth Amendment that was not legally ratified?
Because, only two days earlier on the same FNN. I watched Snowe explain in an interview that HER constituents want this unconstitutional national health care. During this sound bite interview, Snowe continued to reinforce that she works for her constituents in Maine and what they want.
Here’s a clue for Snowe: I live in Texas and you don’t represent me. You’re trying to shove your toxic liberal agenda down my throat.
Let’s look at what the framers of the U.S. Constitution did when they created the federal government and breathed life into Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives was to be the legislative body for the people. Each district within the states of the Union would elect an individual to Congress (Art. I, Sec. II) who would represent them under Art. 1, Sec. 8 of the U.S. Constitution.
The framers were adamant that the states remain sovereign entities and have equal representation in Congress. Thus, the U.S. Senate would be comprised of two senators from each state (Art. I, Sec. III). Those senators would be appointed by their state legislature to go to Washington, DC to represent the interests of the state, not the people. If they didn’t, the state could recall them, fire them and hire someone new. The Senate confirms federal judges and Supreme Court justices. The Senate must advise and consent to ratification of treaties that have been negotiated and agreed to by the President — Art. II, Section II, U.S. Constitution.
Those duties are critical because the outcome affects the well being and prosperity of the individual states of the Union. NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO and the hundreds of other treaties killing our sovereignty have come from an unlawfully seated senate since 1913. That includes our participation and financial rape from being a member of the communist United Nations. Not to mention the infestation of activist judges on the bench, killing our rights within the states.
When the Seventeenth Amendment was announced ratified, which it clearly was not, the states lost their suffrage rights in Congress. Let me give you two more examples. Two of the vilest individuals ever to disgrace the halls of Congress: John McCain and Lindsay Graham.
McCain has cherry picked which parts of the U.S. Constitution he likes and ignores the law of the land for his own personal gain. Arizona has been the gateway state for the illegal’s invasion. Old Juan has done everything to give these criminals (illegal aliens) a free pass and he’s going to again, soon. Instead of standing for the State of Arizona and doing everything in his power to protect the people of Arizona, McCain has been an active participant in the destruction of Arizona by the illegal’s invasion and treaties like NAFTA.
If the Seventeenth Amendment were not “in effect,” the Arizona State Legislature could have (and I believe would have) recalled McCain, fired his corrupt backside and replaced him with a senator that would represent the interests of the State – not illegal aliens and special interests groups who vote for him.
The same applies to the equally corrupt, sleazy, Lindsay Graham (R-SC). Graham doesn’t represent me, yet he votes for treaties, judges and other legislation that directly affects my life and my family’s. I have no way to vote him out of office as I do my representative in the House.
Graham votes against the best interests of the State of South Carolina and they are powerless to get him out of office. Just like the other states of the Union who can’t get rid of these counterfeit U.S. Senators who vote against the best interest of their state. If you doubt my argument, I hope you can take the time to read the links on the right of this page. Make no mistake: Lindsay Graham is a one world government lapdog who has sold out this republic for power and money.
As if corrupt political animals like Graham, Snowe, Collins and McCain aren’t bad enough, we then have fools like Sen. Russ Feingold proposing a constitutional amendment to have governors appoint U.S. Senators. Feingold spews: “The vacancies in Illinois and New York have made for riveting political theater, but lost in the seemingly endless string of press conferences and surprise revelations is the basic fact that the citizens of these states have had no say in who should represent them in the Senate.” Senators from Vermont or Hawaii were never meant to represent me. The senate was created to represent the interest of the state they were appointed by and that is the beauty of separation of powers.
A VERY dangerous event to our republic is to take place in December. This is another screaming example of why the Seventeenth Amendment is so toxic:
Thatcher adviser: Copenhagen goal is 1-world government
‘Global warming’ to be used as ‘pretext’ for ‘change’
October 17, 2009
“A former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says the real purpose of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Dec. 7-18 is to use global warming hype as a pretext to lay the foundation for a one-world government.
“At [the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in] Copenhagen this December, weeks away, a treaty will be signed,” Monkton told a Minnesota Free Market Institute audience on Thursday at Bethel University in St. Paul.
“Your president will sign it. Most of the Third World countries will sign it, because they think they’re going to get money out of it. Most of the left-wing regimes from the European Union will rubber stamp it. Virtually nobody won’t sign it,” he told the audience of some 700 attendees.
Obama/Soetoro is a devout Marxist who is no longer hiding the agenda of the world elites who control him. Dozens of these corrupt and insane lunatics in the U.S. Senate believe this monstrous scam called ‘global warming.’ This treaty has to be approved by them. The Constitution does not authorize the U.S. Senate or a sitting president to flush our sovereignty down the sewer in favor of being sucked into a global government. But, what are the states going to do about it? Sit around like they have for decades while the destruction continues? Pass more resolutions?
Representatives in New Hampshire and Montana have attempted to bring this fraud to the forefront with resolutions. Tragically for their states, the political machines killed their heroic efforts. Just like the ignorant, fact challenged Democrats did this past March in Montana by refusing to vote for an honest money bill.
How much more will the state legislatures take before they realize they have lost all their sovereignty guaranteed them under Art. 1, Sec. 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.
There are those who say it wouldn’t make any difference if the Seventeenth Amendment was “done away with” because the state legislatures are so corrupt anyway, they would just appoint the same counterfeit senators now in office under a law that doesn’t exist. We don’t know that. Additionally, the framers of the Constitution made sure there was a safeguard in place. Let’s say your state legislator (rep or senator) votes for a U.S. Senator who turns out to be a McCain, Reid, Snowe or Graham. If your state legislator refuses to recall a bad senator, you can oust those state legislators in the next election. This is where the power of the people comes into force. The political games can be played inside your state capitol, but the ballot box can kill their toxic agendas.
There are many fine, truly patriotic Americans serving in our state legislatures. Many more are waking up and that is why we have seen this explosion of Tenth Amendment Resolutions. The states must move in January to crush the destroyers set to finish off our constitutional republic or the states will find themselves, as I have said so many times, nothing more than occupied territories under the boot of one world government.
There are those who say we are at a cross roads in history: freedom or slavery. No, we are on the brink and that conference in Copenhagen is so dangerous, we have to do everything in our power to demand the U.S. Senate reject ANY global warming scam treaty.
When researcher, Bill Benson, did the research on the Sixteenth Amendment, he also discovered the fraud on the ratification of the Seventeenth was even worse. This past April, several generous Americans sponsored my trip to the National Archives in Washington, DC. I retrieved every single document from the states regarding the vote on the Seventeenth Amendment. They are court certified.
They tell the true story of the non -ratification under the strict ratification process. If you read Jefferson’s Manual and the Rules of the House of Representatives of the United States with a Digest of the Practice 1909 by Asher C. Hinds, Clerk at the Speaker’s Table and How Our Laws Are Made, Revised and Updated, September 1999 by Charles W. Johnson, Parliamentarian, U.S. House of Representatives, you will see the process is rigid and for a good reason.
The question is: What state legislature will finally step forward and take on the Seventeenth Amendment, because it sure won’t come from the liars and crooks in Congress. Your state legislature won’t act unless there is such an outcry, they will be forced to act. Your voice is the only thing that will push the engine.
Use any search engine with the title.
 They Can’t Push Us Around Forever
 Health-Care Reform and the Constitution by Judge Andrew Napolitano
 Illegal Health Reform by attorneys David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey
 Fiscal gap’ in the trillions by Carolyn Lochhead
Columns by Devvy on the Seventeenth Amendment
Simply type the title into a search engine on the Internet:
States must force 17th Amendment showdown
Illlegals invasion & the Seventeenth Amendment
The gray wolf, the ESA & the 17th Amendment
Devvy Kidd authored the booklets, Why A Bankrupt America and Blind Loyalty; 2 million copies sold. Devvy appears on radio shows all over the country as well as her own; ran for Congress and is a highly sought after public speaker.
She left the Republican Party in 1996 and has been an independent voter ever since. Devvy isn’t left, right or in the middle; she is a constitutionalist who believes in the supreme law of the land, not some political party. Her web site contains a tremendous amount of information, solutions and a vast Reading Room. Devvy’s columns can be read on her web site at: www.devvy.com