The proposed Constitution, so far from implying an abolition of the State governments, makes them constituent parts of the national sovereignty, by allowing them a direct representation in the Senate, and leaves in their possession certain exclusive and very important portions of sovereign power.
That quote is from Federalist Paper #9 by Hamilton. Read it really closely. See during the selling of the Constitution to the American people it was not unanimously loved. It had its detractors who could see it’s flaws. The most glaring was later fixed with the Bill of Rights, but the document was never sold to be perfect, only that it was better than anything else that had been put together.
There was, rightfully so and as of today you could say with amazing foresight, fear of a overbearing central government usurping the States powers. This fear was the purpose of the Senate being a direct voice of the States. By sending Senators that had been chosen and confirmed by the State legislatures, it would stand to reason those Senators would vote the way the State government wanted them to.
The people would have their voice heard through the House of Representatives. Every sect of our government was to be played against each other. The purpose was to make it as hard as possible to pass anything. That anything that would pass would not only have the support of the people but of the States as well.
Yet we decided to destroy that process with the 17th Amendment. By allowing the Senate to become a popular vote instead of direct representation of the States, the States were in essence neutered. No longer would there be a direct voice for the States to participate in the Federal Government.
It in fact removed the States as constituents of the Government. We today wonder why and how the States are allowing their power to be constantly trampled on by the Fed. This is why. The State has no real voice any more.
Between this and the bribery/blackmail that the Fed puts on states with Federal money, money that would have been in the state already had the Feds not taxed it, cause fear in State and local politicians that they will be attacked for turning down free money.
Just look at how the Governors that turned down the Medicare expansion are being attacked.
So in the end while the Constitution as written was not perfect, it would appear it was better than how we have amended it in this particular way. Maybe just maybe we should refer back to the men that wrote it and gain an understanding of their reasoning’s before we start changing things.
If you truly want to see a return of States rights then support the repeal of the 17th Amendment. And while your doing that go ahead and throw the 16th Amendment in that as well. Not like the IRS has done anything good ever. I’m pretty sure we can find something better more efficient and much more friendly to growth to raise required revenue for the Government to do its Constitutional duties. But that is another post for another day.