STRATEGY TO RESTORE THE REPUBLIC
1. Restructure the House of Representatives to equal either the 1 Representative per 30,000 citizens as stated in the Constitution, or at a level at which citizens can successfully run for House seats.
- Split all Congressional districts during each succeeding census, increasing the number of Representatives until the target ratio is met. (Recommend 1 representative for every 100,000 citizens as I believe modern technology can support such a ratio.)
- As the House becomes better populated, more and more Representatives can reside in their districts most of the year and participate in debates and votes electronically from their home offices.
- Offices in Washington, D. C. can be shared and rotate to allow all Representatives some time in Washington, and most of their time in their home offices where they are available to their constituents.
2. Repeal the 17th Amendment allowing general elections to select State Senators. Restore to the State Legislatures
the right of selecting the Senators to hold office in the Federal Senate as this amendment has diminished the
sovereignty of the States.
3. Repeal the 16th Amendment allowing the Federal government to tax income. This will reduce federal revenues by
4. Dismantle all Federal agencies, bureaus and departments not specifically authorized by the Constitution, delegating those deemed necessary to the States.
Where desired by the States, they can assume authority over those federal bureaus, departments and agencies as are hosted within state borders and continue their operation at the individual state discretion.
Recipe for Tyranny
In 1911 the number of Representatives in the House reached membership of 435. Two years later, the 16th Amendment granted the Federal Government the right to tax “income” (though the exact definition of “income” remains in some dispute). In 1929 a House Rule permanently limited membership to 435.
These two events created two corresponding statistics, one going up and one going down, that have reached critical mass in their relationship.
The two statistics are:
- Per capita representation in Congress which is going down. At present, with a population of over 306,000,000 and approximately 435 members of the House of Representatives, we have 1 Representative for every 703,000 people. When the Constitution was written, it stated “The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative;”
- Federal revenues from income tax are going steadily up. The liberal desire to “spread the wealth” may have some merit. We currently have, by one revenue chart, as much as 40% of the GDP of our entire nation under the incontestable and un-monitored control of 535 people who are more answerable to campaign contributors and lobbyists than to their constituents.
This is a recipe for tyranny. Whether it results in an oligarchy that engages in socialism, communism or any other ism is immaterial. Losing our right to control our individual and national destiny is a problem that warrants some attention, even some action.
The Citizen Statesman and Self-Government
The purpose of the lower house, the House of Representatives, is to ensure self government by the Citizens of the United States of America. The House was to be composed of citizen statesmen, not professional or career politicians. The term is only for 2 years for multiple reasons, to prevent too long of an interruption in the citizen statesman’s career, and also to prevent complacency and self indulgence to take root.
This body of citizen statesmen is the only arm of the government empowered to introduce new legislation to raise revenues. Yet, our President repeatedly demanded such of them, and they have complied against the will of the people they represent.
The upper house, the Senate was to be composed of longer term, career statesmen who can provide balance and guidance to the members of the House. Neither the executive branch nor the judicial branch is empowered to introduce new legislation, only Congress. And that lower house was to be composed, not of politicians, but of citizens.
With each Representative representing a constituency of over 700,000, it is no longer possible for a common citizen to communicate effectively with enough of these people to acquire a majority of votes. Only the independently wealthy are able to run for office. People who need to work fulltime jobs are prohibited by logistics from office. This is the greatest tragedy and the single greatest reason for the deterioration of our republic to an oligarchy. We must, reduce the ratio of citizens to representatives to a level which will enable an average working citizen to campaign and fund-raise on a part-time basis and be able to win. If it means enlarging the House of Representatives to a full 10,000 members, to the level of 30,000 citizens per representative, then so be it.
The Constitution of the United States of America was so designed that all laws are to originate with the people, via Congress, not the government. It was designed to prevent the tyranny of an elite minority over the majority, to prevent a cabal from seizing the reins of government. Yet, over the past century, this is exactly what has transpired. Per our Declaration of Independence, it is not only our prerogative to take action, but our duty.
This proposal is submitted to the people of the United States of America for consideration, debate, and comment. It is a starting point; please feel free to add comments and refinements to help us Restore the Republic.