In a technological age where everyone is connected across state lines, borders and oceans with a simple click, this country has become extremely divided. Many argue it’s by design, others say it’s always been this way and the internet just makes it more apparent. Yet no matter what side you find yourself on in the plethora of cultural wars and civil rights debates raging in our country; most would agree that the biggest issue that faces the US is BIG government corruption and the loss of the people’s voice. We are not being heard anymore. Our so called representatives spend most of their time flying to DC on our tax dollars where they are enticed by big corporate lobbyists and strong-armed, coerced or simply out voted by their morally polluted colleagues. Lack of proper representation and large odd shaped districts have created a rigged voting system and an inability for the common citizen to easily contact their representatives to discuss their concerns. This lack of accessibility to the people coupled with no term limits and high salaries puts politicians in a class of their own, untouchable by the very people they are supposed to serve and many times above the very laws they themselves pass.
As a result, we have made a laughing stock of our people’s republic and the younger generations have wholly lost faith in the democratic and legislative processes that once made our nation great, many even refusing to vote. It has become a commonly expressed complaint that no true leader of the people could ever even run for office let alone win an election and we are instead left with a list of candidates that rich elites select for us, funding their ungodly expensive campaigns in return for their loyalty-loyalty NOT to those their oath calls them to serve, but to big corporations, big pharma and other possibly more nefarious groups. Yes, we the people are losing control of our own freedoms but there is still hope! We can still save this sinking ship and find our way back to the beautiful shores of freedom and liberty.
This hope comes in the form of our original first right. No, I’m not talking about our current first amendment which speaks to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. I am instead talking about the very first of the 12 proposed amendments, approved by the first US congress, but which was never fully ratified by the states; an amendment that promises adequate representation for all Americans by reducing congressional districts to 50,000 persons. It reads as such: Article the 1st… 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 more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.”
During the last day of the 1787 Philadelphia constitutional convention George Washington, having spoken not a word either against or in favor of any aspect of the emerging constitution, stood in support of a motion to for small districts and delegates agreed, passing the motion unanimously. However, due to a small transcription error, the original first amendment never completed the ratification process being ratified in only 12 states with the resolution from the 12th state, Connecticut, never being recorded. Our bill of rights to this day stands incomplete and missing this very crucial amendment which would protect our voice and power over our public servants as a republic of sovereign citizens, in a government by the people for the people. Our nation has stood on a table that is missing a leg. Is it any wonder we now find ourselves in unstable times? If ratified today we would jump from only 435 congressional districts to 6,400! This would eliminate gerrymandering, force lower salaries for public servant positions, help our local politicians fight for state rights above federal rule, make it easier for any citizen who wants to run for office fund a campaign and win, and most importantly gives us a wonderful opportunity to BRING OUR CONGRESS HOME! If we can succeed in this no longer will we have elite career politicians jamming unconstitutional laws through congress then slinking back to DC where the people cannot hold them accountable for breaking their oath. No longer will we feel our votes don’t count or our list of candidates is a set up, as anyone, and I mean anyone will be free to run for office. No longer will our congress be able to consolidate power in DC to be seduced by more control than they have rights to. Finally a solution that could fix this festering swamp we call a free country and it’s been sitting right under our noses since the founding of our nation! It’s as easy as the people demanding the ratification of the original first amendment which will become the 28th amendment to the U.S. constitution.
Jenn Perry, Social Media Evangelist, Our First Right
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