Monday, June 14, 2010

Why the 17th Amendment was a bad idea

The 17th Amendment to the US Constitution allowed for direct election by the voters of their senators. Never mind that the Founding Fathers foresaw that was a bad idea - onward in our rush toward democracy! (something else the Founders knew to be a mistake)

Not only does direct election of senators lead those senators to compete in confiscating and redistributing wealth in order to buy votes, but there's also the distinct possibility that, (Hm, how can I put this delicately?) if a significant portion of the electorate in your state is lazy, ignorant, or mentally deficient (or all the above) they might actually vote for someone like Alvin Greene, the Democrat candidate for the South Carolina senate seat who just won his primary despite not bothering to campaign for it. He spent no money, aside from the $10,000 filing fee, and how he came up with that is a mystery, since he's unemployed. He rang no doorbells, spoke at no rallies, and gave no interviews, but he won 60% of the vote. He is inarticulate. He can express no plan beyond "Jobs, Education, and Justice," and he is being charged with having shown obscene material to a minor. His responses to questions are so lame, so monosyllabic, that in this interview (Click on the title to this post.) his interviewer asks him if he is impaired. Really. Most candidates realize you have to survive your general election, not just the primary before you start acting like an idiot. At least we can credit Mr. Greene with being transparent.

Except aside from clearly demonstrating his sub-par intelligence, he's not transparent at all. "My lawyer's handling that," is how he answers most of the questions in this interview.

So how does an unemployed, inarticulate, potential criminal who ran no campaign, displays no mental acuity, and must periocially be poked with a stick in order to ensure he's still alive win a primary election? When the mob votes, you get candidates that are just like them. South Carolina - you have serious issues.

When you elected James Clyburn back in the early '90s and, in his first letter to his constituents he used words like "spanse" (as in "the broad spanse and diversity of our state") and "syncretize" (as in "we must syncretize the needs of different people") I thought you'd been shamed enough, and might exercise a little more discernment in your representatives. You keep on reelecting that clown though, so I guess Alvin Greene should come as no surprise to anyone.

If you, like many of my friends, live in South Carolina, I hope you homeschool your kids. It's clear that the state is doing a lousy job of turning out responsible citizens.


Keith Miller said...

Steven, I was just reading about this character, and you're the only person I've read with enough courage to put your finger on the real problem here.

Steven Givler said...

Thanks Keith. Why we're so intent on becoming a democracy - when the Founding Fathers clearly saw that democracy was nothing more than mob rule - can only be explained as the result of a concerted effort by the left to move us away from republican principles and put more power in the hands of the government.

Anonymous said...

I reject your notion that South Carolina has serious issues. SOUTH CAROLINA will vote for Jim Demint. Senator Demint is a brilliant politician and was never at any risk of losing his seat.

South Carolina DEMOCRATS have serious issues.

(It makes you wonder about other democrats, too, since Obama was elected to the presidency with no executive experience and with most of his records on lock-down.)

Anonymous said...

Clyburn is a gerry-rigged representative of SC version of Obama's southside third world hellhole.

These stupid people keep electing Clyburn because of the color of his skin. He is loathed across the rest of SC.

Steven Givler said...

I don't usually post comments from anonymous contributors, but both of these had merit, so I relaxed my rule a little.

Thanks for all the comments. As to the first anonymous one, I lived in South Carolina and my wife taught in its public schools. (That's one reason we home-school now.) And even if it's only SC Democrats who have issues, there are so many of them that by sheer weight of numbers, that means the whole state has issues. When your primary newspaper is the "State," that should tell you something. Saying that it's only the Democrats who have issues is like of like saying "I don't have issues; my siamese twin has issues." Yes, Jim Demint will probably win, and I certainly hope he does. Still, the fact that clowns like Clyburn and Greene can pull in votes is a serious warning sign that you are losing the "educted and virtuous" (paraphrasing from memory) populace that Jefferson warned is necessary to keep our republic.

As to the second anonymous comment, yes, Clyburn's district encompases (as I recall) 20- some counties and 11 parts of counties in a bizarrely gerrymandered district that was designed to make it impossible not to elect a black representative. That, on its face, is a warning sign. Back when he was first elected I thought he had to be a one-term wonder, as he appears to be all but illiterate. Now he's the 3rd-ranking democrat in his house. I sure called that wrong. I guess my analysis is worth exactly what you're paying for it.

Thanks again for writing.