Will the 110th Congress Obey George Washington's Constitutional Wish?
On 4 January 2007, the new members of Congress will take the oath of office for the first time. In doing so, the new Representatives and Senators will swear to defend these twelve words from Article 1: "The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand." The question is, will the new members, in the name of such founders as George Washington, work to enforce the twelve words from Article 1? And if they do not, why?
Congress has not obeyed the "representation ratio" in Article 1 since the Second Congress began ignoring it in April 1792. The last time Congress added new representation, that is, new seats in the House, was 1911 - or 95 years ago. Today, with only 435 Representatives for 300 million citizens, Congress is now a system of under-representation of We the People.
But on 4 January 2007, the 110th Congress will convene. In taking the oath for the first time, the new members should embrace the constitutional spirit of George Washington. His way was constitutionalism and he would remind them to enforce all the words in the Constitution, and in particular, the "representation ratio" in Article 1. Washington supported the ratio on three distinct occasions: first, the signing of the Constitution, 17 September 1787; second, in Article the first of the Bill of Rights, 25 September 1789; and third, the Executive's first veto, by President Washington, on 5 April 1792.
The 110th Congress is not organized as the Constitution demands because it does not represent We the People as Article 1 states. In the name of George Washington, will the new members of the 110th Congress work to represent We the People as the Constitution is written, "one for every thirty Thousand"?
We the People will soon find out.