If we want a smaller government more representative of how people wish to be governed , it's as simple as returning to the original method of filling offices of the federal government . First repeal the 17th amendment . It's much better to have your state legislatures appoint senators because the state legislators are close to the people . You can talk with your legislator face to face , you're probably not going to get a chance to have a one on one talk with somebody running for the Senate . Second , let your state legislature handle elections for President and Vice-President . If you did a good job electing your state representatives you should be able to rest easy on who they elect to fill executive offices . The Founders intention was obviously to keep government as close to the people as possible by instituting direct elections by the people of members of the U.S. House of Representatives , and having State Legislatures appoint everybody else . The only time this system would run into trouble is if you have more voters thinking "What can I get for myself ?" instead of "What can I do for myself ?"