Justin Amash decided to have fun on his Facebook page on Saturday night. I don't begrudge him that; it's tough being a Congressman, especially one who has to spend time coming up with excuses for not serving the people.
Just a few of the things that happened in 1913:
- Woodrow Wilson became President
- The Department of Commerce and Labor split in two, making the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor
- The First Balkan War ended
- The Second Balkan War took place that summer
- Stainless steel was invented
- Henry Ford created the first assembly line
- The zipper was invented
Or does he have a - ahem - zipper problem?
Actually, there are a couple of events that took place that year that conservatives rue. In February of that year, the 16th Amendment was ratified (allowing for the collection of income taxes), and in December President Wilson created the Federal Reserve.
But there's something else that happened that year: The 17th Amendment was ratified. That's the amendment that provided that we, the people, would directly elect our US Senators, instead of having our state lawmakers elect our Senators (which is how it was done for this country's first 124 years).
I wouldn't blame him. With a rock-solid Republican legislature, Michigan would have a Republican US Senator for the 2013-2019 term.
Instead, thanks to the 17th Amendment, Debbie Stabenow will probably remain in the Senate for those six years. Terri Lynn Land, Mike Rogers, Pete Hoekstra, and Candice Miller have all said they won't run against her - and now, neither will Thad McCotter.
Darn it, if not for the freedom to choose our own US Senators...
Ah! Now I see why Amash wants to get rid of 1913!
UPDATE: Whoa, look what I found on Twitter!
Wow! A guy with a Republican 'twibbon' praises Justin Amash's status, and includes both the 16th AND the 17th Amendments in a hashtag.
So if Amash himself is fine with the 17th Amendment, at least one of his conservative Republican followers wants to see it go!
So much for that love for freedom and liberty!