Originally Posted by listopencil
That is an interesting idea. I was reading something about bicameral legislation last week, and the notion of bicameral government as expressed by the founding fathers, and it seemed to imply that our Senate was supposed to be a "wiser" group of politicians. That it should be a body made up of politicians who were recognized as the elite political minds of each state to be custodians of the law. That is certainly not how I view our current Senators.
As well as to be there for the state—not in a popular vote sense but for that state's interest. States were supposed to be a sovereign entity. One argument for changing it to popular vote was that it would be less corrupt. But that hasn't happened because outside money goes to them when they run.
“The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.” ~ James Madison, Father of the Constitution
“We do not believe in aggressive or preventive war. Such war is the weapon of dictators, not of free democratic countries like the United States.”~ Truman, Sept 1, 1950