Originally, the Framers of the US Constitution, designed representation in Congress to Come from two sources: 1) the "people" > House of Representatives, and 2) the "States" > the Senate. In other words, Congress had two halves, one elected by the voters directly, and the other elected by the state legislatures. We tossed this idea out in 1913 and Congress has gone downhill ever since. The States are significantly weakened in Washington DC and Voter apathy is at an all time high. Imagine if the Senator in Congress had listen to your state Capital instead of to Exxon and A&TT in order to get re-elected!!!