We lost our Republic in 1913 when three things happened. Can you guess what these were?
1. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which had already passed Congress, lacked the necessary number of states to be ratified, was declared ratified by Secretary of State Philander Knox.
2. The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which had also passed Congress, but also lacked the necessary number of states for ratification, was also declared ratified by the new Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan.
3. The UnConstitutional Federal Reserve Act was passed during Christmas recess (sound familiar?) transferring the Constitutional enumerated powers of Congress to an Elite Banking system with private ownership.
Much has been written concerning the Federal Reserve, what it is and how it has helped to destroy the economy of the United States since that year. Much has been written about the 16th amendment and the transfer of wealth to this Elite group. But not much has been written or talked about concerning the 17th Amendment and the impact it has had on this country since it was illegally declared ratified.
Project 17 is the result of a movement, albeit small and few, to educate our State Legislatures to recognize that they have the enumerated power given them by Constitutional law to appoint Senators to Washington for the purpose of representing State's rights and to keep the Federal Government from running roughshod over the States and from growing too large. The 17th Amendment does not exist since the necessary number of states it took back then to ratify was never achieved. The result has been the buying off of a large majority of Senators by the same Banking Elite Cartel that had the 17th amendment fraudulently declared ratified. The result has been that every major piece of legislation the President has proposed, on behalf of the Anti-American Elite Bankers, has passed, even though calls coming into Congress would be overwhelmingly against.
State's rights which were, before 1913, protected by the individual State Legislator's appointments of their Senators, was a key element of our Constitutional Republic. Without this appointment, popular election of Senators didn't have the effect we were sold on in putting the power to elect in the hands of the people. Even when there were paper ballots before the corrupt and rigged electronic voting came into being, the people had no way of keeping their at large Representatives (US Senators) in line. They now campaign on limited government and lower taxes and spending with the result that spending and taxes keep going up! They give lip service to protecting our rights but turn around and vote them away (Patriot Act, etc).
Without the return of the State Legislatures appointing our Senators to protect State's rights, we will never gain back our Republic. It is over. All the legislatures of the individual states have to do is to declare, in much the same way they declared recently their sovereignty by the 9th and 10th amendments, the 17th amendment was never ratified by enough states and therefore the 17th amendment does not exist. Then they recall their two unappointed Senators and appoint new ones. We can never expect to have Constitutional Government until this key element of State's Rights and Power be brought back. This should make each state legislator very angry that their rights to appoint have been unlawfully stolen and violated by an elite banking cartel who are UnConstitutional and think of themselves as "All Powerful".
It is time that we take back our Republic. Each person who reads this and any supporting documentation needs to begin to quickly educate their own State Representative and Senator and demand they take appropriate action. Many States, such as Texas, will have their next Legislative Session in 2011 following the 2010 midterm elections. The sooner the resolutions are put together the better. Authors, Co-Authors, and Sponsors need to be aligned prior to the start of the session so that the resolution can be among the first to be introduced. The more names on the resolution, regardless of party, the better going in.
The following two links will show proof the 17th Amendment was never ratified and therefore does not exist:
Click here for an excellent article on this subject she wrote in 2006 and how this affected the proliferation of illegals crossing our border:
Please do your due diligence by reading the documents from the links above so you will be prepared when you present the information. Among the must read is the entire first link and the second link contains a link to an information paper prepared by Devvy Kid for Rep. Henry McElroy. This would be a good starting place (print the document entirely) by handing it to a friendly State Rep., State Senator, or Assemblyman.
What is needed with this project most right now are volunteers who will do two things:
1. Get this information into the hands of would be friendly State Legislators who would sponsor this resolution, would help find Co-Sponsors, and would drive it through the legislative process.
2. Find a friendly State Legislator who would gather every bit of documentation from their State's Archives on the 17th Amendment which should include, but not limited to the actual wording that was voted on, the vote count and if it was by voice or not, the debates, and any corospondence with Washington, DC.
Thank you for getting involved in reclaiming the US Senate for the States.
Below is the Model Resolution:
A Resolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the State of ___________ to declare as defective the current process of choosing Senators for the United States Senate by Popular Vote of the People and to provide for this State’s Legislature the resumption of the Original Constitution power provided to it in Article I, Section 3, Clause 1, for the election and appointment of this State’s Two United States Senators.
WHEREAS, the Founding Fathers came to a great compromise at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and provided for proportional representation in the House of Representatives of the United States and equal representation for the States in the Senate of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the Founding Fathers determined that equal representation of the States in the Senate of the United States was to preserve the individual Sovereignty of each State; and
WHEREAS, James Madison, Father of the Constitution, in the Federalist Papers, Number 62, stated that, “It is equally unnecessary to dilate on the appointment of senators by the State legislatures. Among the various modes which might have been devised for constituting this branch of the government, that which has been proposed by the convention is probably the most congenial with the public opinion. It is recommended by the double advantage of favoring a select appointment, and of giving to the State governments such an agency in the formation of the federal government as must secure the authority of the former, and may form a convenient link between the two systems.”; and
WHEREAS, the election of the United States Senators by the State Legislatures was the political mechanism against Congressional encroachment into the Sovereignty of the States; and
WHEREAS, one of the essential aspects of the states' exercise of this political mechanism is the United States Senate's advice and consent for treaties and appointments of executive and judicial officers made by the President of the United States; and
WHEREAS, James Madison stated in Federalist Papers #45,”The Senate will be elected absolutely and exclusively by the State legislatures.” and
WHEREAS, Article V of the U S Constitution, which provides for the process of Amending the Constitution, stated at the end, “and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of it’s equal Suffrage in the Senate” clause has been violated in that all the States who voted against the Amendment and all the States who didn’t vote on the Amendment by virtue of the fact they were not in session to vote on the Amendment, have been clearly and Unconstitutionally deprived of their equal Suffrage in the Senate without their Consent; and
WHEREAS, the declared ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913 was defective on its face as the required number of States, according to Article V of the U S Constitution being a number that represented at least three fourths of the Forty Eight States in existence at that time, being 36 States, was not achieved; and
WHEREAS, among the several States that did not meet the word perfect criteria for Ratification due to errors in wording and/or punctuation from the original Amendment as transmitted by Congress to the States, being Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin were unlawfully counted among the 36 States in the Declaration of Ratification of the 17th Amendment; and
WHEREAS, under ‘Color of Law’, by a fraudulent Declaration of Ratification, there was a detrimental change to our form of Federal Government, being that of a Republic, which provided for a change in the election of the United States Senators from State Legislatures to the Popular Vote of the People of the States, thereby divesting the States of any direct voice in the Federal Government; and
WHEREAS, due to the differing modes of representation and election in the Federal House and the Senate prior to 1913, each branch provided a balance of legislative power against, and an independent check upon, the other; and
WHEREAS, prior to 1913 history reveals that in choosing their Senators, the individual State Legislatures supported the federal government, thereby providing harmony between the Governments of the States and the Government of the United States; and
WHEREAS, United States Federal Government has, since the declared ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment, steadily encroached upon the Sovereignty of the Several States united by and under the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, a Senator's general responsibility is to represent their State by way of their State’s Legislature; and
WHEREAS, each State Legislature has a role in compelling accountability from each of their United States Senators; and
WHEREAS, each State Legislature has the right to prescribe its own procedures regarding the selection process for
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF ___________:
(1) That the Legislature of this State finds and declares to be defective the 1913 Declaration of Ratification of the 17th Amendment as Transmitted by Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan which provided for the current process of electing United States Senators by the Popular Vote of the People but fails to represent the interests of the individual States by which that chamber was created for.
(2) That this Legislature reclaim and resume the Constitutional appointment of U S Senators by recalling the current Popular elected Senators __________ and ________ to be replaced by appointments of our own election.
(3) That this Legislature makes the two appointments to fill the remainder of the last two of the six years left of the vacated seat of _________ and fill the remainder of the last four years of the vacated seat of ________. At the end of the balance of each of these terms, a new election and appointment will be made by the Legislature of this State of ______.
(4) Upon approval by the Legislature of this State of _______, this resolution will take affect immediately and that the date for the election of these Two United States Senators by this Legislature is to be set for _________.