Wednesday, October 04, 2006

We the People and our Right to Representation

I'll say it like this: it is generally agreed that what is in the US Constitution is the supreme law of the land. For example, our Constitution states that "No person but a natural born Citizen . . . shall be eligible for the Office of President." (See Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5)

The "natural born Citizen" rule has always been enforced. The words are clear and easy to understand - just like the words in Article 1 regarding Congress and the US House of Representatives: "The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand."

Now, why is one set of words enforced and the others are not? The answer is there should be no difference. As Supreme Court Justice John Marshall argued long ago in Marbury vs. Madison, "The powers of the legislature are defined and limited; and that those limits may not be mistaken or forgotten, the constitution is written."

We have forgotten a constitutional right, the right to representation, but there it is written into our Constitution and ratified by all 50 states. Simply stated, the right to constitutional representation is the right of groups to be included in We the People at the ratio of one Representative for every 30,000 people.


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