Words James Madison never uttered…. but when considering the US Senate as it exists today, the naive can almost hear the Father of the Constitution proclaim the following lunacy with pride:
The United States Senate will be chosen by popularity contest in each state. There will be no prerequisites to holding membership, citizens seeking their very first public office are preferred candidates. Legislative inexperience is desired to gain popular support from the well-educated masses. Citizens from different states should establish residence in select states and seek the office of US Senator there. Unfamiliarity with the constituencies in the new states must not deter ambitious office seekers. Key political alliances and endorsements will sway the voting public when these insignificant issues arise. Once is session, the Senate will thrive due to all the untested legislative acumen and uninformed opinions.