Our Unrepresentative US Congress
The 2006 election is four weeks from today. The votes will be counted and preparations for the new Congress will begin. In that Congress, our 110th, there will be 435 Representatives and 100 Senators. The elected members will meet in January 2007 and take the oath of office. That is the moment when they swear to defend the Constitution. The point of the oath is not for taking a nice picture. The point of the oath is that words matter.
If an elected representative of the people takes the oath and does not support the words in the US Constitution, then they have broken their oath and are not fit for office.
What is a citizen to think? Constitutions are designed to be clear. The twelve words in Article 1, Section 2, and Clause 3 of the US Constitution, which read, "The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand," are clear.
That leaves a simple question: Why is there not one elected representative willing to keep their word and support the constitutional representation of We the People? There is no other legal answer, constitutionally speaking, then to build the Congress as the US Constitution dictates. Anything else would be less than patriotic.