Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Real First Amendment

When our Founders envisioned the House of Representatives, they did not assume that the number of people represented by a representative would increase. During the first Congress, one representative represented 62,000 people. This was supposed to be a constant, and as such, the very first amendment of the Bill of Rights - also known as Article the First - was proposed. It would have one representative per 60,000 people. In a modern context, that increases the current 435 to 6200+. Too much you say? Well remember your representative, yes - your representative, has only a mere 700,000+ people he "represents" at present. No wonder you've never met him!

No taxation without representation!

Full Text:

Article the first... After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than one hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of Representatives shall amount to two hundred; after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.

Patriots, the Founders.

Personal Comments:
I unequivocally support the Article the First - Smart aka Reuven.


“...the House of Representatives will, within a single century, consist of more than six hundred members.”
— James Wilson, November 30, 1787
Delegate to the Convention of the State of Pennsylvania,
on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution.

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