The vigorous and timely advocacy of the enforcement of the 10th Amendment has been well chronicled in the pages of The New American and elsewhere. There are, in fact, organizations devoted exclusively to that task. While no constitutionalist worthy of the distinction can doubt the vital nature of that mission, there is another amendment whose prominence in recent headlines must concern those dedicated to the advancing of constitutional principles of freedom and good government: the 17th Amendment. That amendment required the direct election of U.S. senators by the people, thereby eliminating the election of U.S. senators by state legislatures.
Iowa voters Tuesday turned out of office all three state Supreme Court justices who were up for term renewal. The three judges seeking new eight-year terms were part of a unanimous decision by the seven-member court last year, holding that a state law defining marriage exclusively as a union between one man and one woman is unconstitutional. The ruling made Iowa the first state in the Midwest and the sixth in the nation to establish same-sex marriage. The vote in Iowa is further evidence of how widespread and deeply ingrained opposition to same-sex marriage is with the voting public. More than 30 states have held referenda on the question and in every one voters have turned thumbs down on the proposition that unions between same-sex couples should be regarded by law as marriage.
On election day, of all days, the U.S. Supreme Court took on a California case challenging a law prohibiting the sale and promotion of violent games to minors.
Mike Lee, the Republican nominee for the Senate in the Utah election this year, supports repealing the 17th Amendment. “People would be better off if senators, when they deliver their messages to Washington, remember the sovereignty of the state,” Lee told reporters recently.