The federal government is the government of the States, not of the people. Originally there was only one "direct" outlet for the people to influence the federal government and that was through the house. The Senate, the President, were to be elected by the States, and the Judiciary was to be appointed/approved by the Senate and President. Only the House was elected by the people directly.
That's the whole point of our federalist system, the States govern the people (and can delegate powers to "local" governments if they so choose) and the National government governs the States, so they don't fuck up too irrevocably. The notion that Californians can influence police-powers over people in Maine is silly.