I wrote many years ago that the people gave up their real power when they allowed the government to seize the social and family provider role for its self.
Before the seventeenth amendment state governors and legislatures exercised almost total control over their two appointed senators.
Sure, it was extremely political and bitter on who would be appointed, so the states took the course of least resistance and decided to let the people decide.
In this writer’s view the senate filibuster rule days are numbered because if the republicans doesn’t end it, when the Dem’s get back in power they certainly will.
How in the hell can the states maintain a check on an all powerful out of control run-a-way big government when it can't control it's own two senators.
PS: No one truly knows, but this writer will take a shot in the dark and say: There is a better than 60 percent chance that the senate republicans will go over the 60 mark in 2018.