"As our president bears no resemblance to a king so we shall see the Senate has no similitude to nobles. First, not being hereditary, their collective knowledge, wisdom, and virtue are not precarious. For by these qualities alone are they to obtain their offices, and they will have none of the peculiar qualities and vices of those men who possess power merely because their father held it before them."
Tench Coxe
(1755-1824) American political economist
An American Citizen, No.2, September 28, 1787
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A republic if we can keep it!
 -- AL, DC     
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    But they will eventually.
     -- Mick, Manchester     
    Sounds like archaic altruism. I fear the greatest failure of Our Founders was, they neglected to accommodate for human nature - which living under Liberty, will always find enterprising opportunists seeking ways through the gaps left when U.S. Constitution is meant only for God fearing moral types. These days the oligarch gatekeepers of both parties ensure The Old Guard holds sway over any bright-eyed up & comers thinking they are gonna adhere to Founders' - or constituents' - intent.
     -- Mark W, Aurora CO     
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    Providing opportunity for Individual sovereignty, eliminating a monarchal centralized government. Recognition of Independent State sovereignty. In order to Free a people from the oppressive nature of an individual tyrant or despotic democratic form of governing. Setting the people At Liberty, now under siege of socialistic forces with philanthropic endeavors, ripe with fraud through "legalized plunder." The threat of war, coupled with centralized banking promoted opportunity for plunder. Total disregard for the 13 attributes of liberty concerning the individual sovereign at liberty.
    "The largest single group supporting the communist apparatus in the United States is composed of Protestant clergyman."
    J. B. Matthews
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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    Today's Senate is elected by the citizens rather than elected by the State legislatures as originally chartered in the Constitution. This was to balance the democratic power with the sovereign state power. The House of Representatives represented the 'democracy' and the Senate represented the 'republic' -- specifically the land/territory. In order to protect private property from being 'voted away' by the poor, the 'electors' for governor and president were land owners. The electoral college would all be land owners. Only the votes of electors are counted towards the final total, even though everyone may vote.

    The transition to a centralized government required the removal of land owner status for electors, a popularly elected Senate, a 'US' citizen subservient to his/her government, the government's claim to the labors of the people, including an obligation to tithe to the government, and the replacement of the money system from one backed by capital with one that is backed by debt obligations. So now, whoever has the most 'money' is in fact holding the most debt -- the richer we get, the more in debt the whole people get, and ultimately a 'correction' is due to clear the board and start a fresh game of Monopoly.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
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