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Ratify Article the First to Return the Government to We the People

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Bill of Rights - Article the First
Bill of Rights - Article the First
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In 1791 the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights , went into effect, having been ratified by two thirds of states. One of the original articles in the Bill of Rights , the first one, was not ratified. It is this article that can save America.

  It is a little known fact that there were originally twelve amendments proposed. What we know today as the First Amendment was really the third proposed.

  Had all twelve been passed the NRA would be an ardent lobby for Fourth Amendment rights. There would be rallies to "Restore the Sixth." The Third Amendment would grant freedom of religion.

  The first two articles, however, were not passed. One of them, having to do with congressional raises, would be ratified in 1992, a full 203 years after its 1789 proposal. What was at the time the second proposed amendment is now the Twenty Seventh Amendment.

 Article the First

  Today the federal government is run by an elite two party system that acts as one party more often than not, catering only to corporations and the special interests that fund their campaigns. They are locked in perpetual war, fighting not for what is in the best interests of their constituents, but what is in the best interest of their party and their party's big donors.

  Even before the Constitution was adopted this outcome was feared. The Founding Fathers foresaw population growth and the potential for corruption in the government. They knew that for a people to be free that they must govern themselves. The people of the republic must elect representatives to congress; people who literally represent the community from which they were elected.

  The original size of the House of Representatives was to be only sixty five, with Article I, Section 2 only prescribing that there be not more than one representative per 30,000 citizens. This was so disturbing to the anti-federalists that James Madison penned Federalist No. 55 , in which he declared the anti-federalist concerns to be moot, because, among other things, the number of total representatives was to increase ever ten years following the census.

  When it came time craft the Bill of Rights, it was feared that the number of representatives might not increase with the growing population. Therefore they crafted an amendment to the constitution that was so important that it was put first. Article the First, as it is known, caps the size of a congressional district to 50,000.

  It reads as such:

 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 less than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.

 Size of the New House

  The effect of recognizing and honoring the ratification of Article the First would provide great benefits to citizens of the United States.

  The House of Representatives would be forced to increase in size from the current arbitrary number of 435 to over 6,100. This is not a matter of increasing the size of government. It's not solving the problems of government with "more government." It's placing the control of the government correctly in the hands of the actual people.

  The number of 435 was settled on in 1911. Up until that time, every ten years, following each enumeration, the House of Representatives added new seats. But we haven't added any new seats in over 100 years.

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