Plus the 17th was promoted as being less corrupt and it's been more so. Outside special interests of the state give money, pressure from the national media and other factions bear influence on them over their state's concerns. It shifted political power from the rural areas to the big cities too. If the state legislatures elected someone, they can be recalled at anytime if they don't represent the state's interests. That's a plus for the states.
“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
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