Green_TZM wrote:What about continuing to allow the citizens to vote for their Senators, and removing the corruptive MONEY from public elections? Public Offices should not be for PRIVATE gain.
Money will never be removed from the process. There is no way to eliminate money without eliminating freedom of speech - SCOTUS has confirmed that principle. And I want the right myself to spend money on commercials for my favorite congressman (if I had one). So the best thing that can be done is to eliminate the need
for the money. For the House of Reps, drastically shrinking the size of congressional districts also drastically reduces the need for money, as it eliminates the mass marketing expense of reaching many hundreds of thousands of voters. So lets extend this argument to the Senators, whose districts are the size of a state! Because some states are especially huge, it can take millions of dollars to win such an election, especially if a candidate is trying to unseat an incumbent, or overcome one of the dominant parties. So the best way to eliminate
the need for Senators to prostrate themselves for donations is to have them appointed by the states' legislatures! Those legislators represent us (especially in states with smaller electoral districts) so I am comfortable letting them select the Senator from my state. In addition, the way our federal congress was supposed to work is that the Representatives represent the people
, and the Senators represent the states.
I agree with that concept, and I believe we should return to that.