23 Jan '10 17:32>
Originally posted by AThousandYoungThe Senate was originally conceived as being the rough equivalent of the English House of Lords. Many of the founding fathers feared too much democracy would be a bad thing and were very concerned with how to keep the democratic will of the people in check. The House of Representatives was to be the populist chamber, representing the common man, while the Senate was to represent the interests of the rich landowning class and provide a check upon the democratic tendencies of the people. It must be remembered that Senators were not popularly elected until 1913. Originally they were elected by the state legislatures.
Here's the example that makes me think about this topic:
"In England, at this day, if elections were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure. An agrarian law would soon take place. If
these observations be just, our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation. ...[text shortened]... positories of power over them."