This is a contribution as a response to my posts, “Does the Constitution Favor the Rural Man.” I’d like to thank John B. for this:
I think the Constitution originally favored equal representation. However, with the passage of the 17th Amendment which changed the way Senators were chosen, the Republic took a big step toward Democracy. Until 1913, Senators were chosen by their state legislatures, the peoples local representatives. This is how a Republic works, representative government. This also made Senators more loyal to their own states, more likely to stand for states rights, 9th and 10th amendments, etc. Once again, the Founders had it right.
In 1913, who was President? Woodrow Wilson, the Progressive. What else happened that year? The Federal Reserve was created and Congress abdicated its power over the money supply. And, the Constitutional prohibition on per capita taxation was ended, thus giving us the income tax and later the IRS. 1913 was arguably the worst year in history for the Republic. It was the beginning of the progressive onslaught on individual liberty and the rise of big government.