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Representing 
Americans 
Today
30,000 = 800,000


The History of Change
U. S. House of Representatives

or, the 435 Moment 


    On June 11, 1929 the House of Representatives passed  The Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929 .  The measure fixed the total number of representatives at 435.  This clearly conflicted with the wording and intention of the Constitution, which set representation at at least one representative for each State and one representative for each 30,000 citizens.
    The original wording, from the date the document was signed, September 17, 1791, U.S. Constitution: "The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three."
      The number of citizens represented in each district had slowly risen over more than a century.













                           







 




 From:  Thirty-Thousand.org

     What are the chances your elected representative will be responsive to local issues when districts are this large?  And how would he or she know, anyway?  The only way to communicate today is to tweet your Congressperson or call the office if you want to send a significant amount of information.  And no matter what, it is far more likely the only one to see any communication is a staffer. 
     The number of constituents being represented is one issue you need to consider.  The Constitutional Convention designed a bicameral legislature but today what we have is a senior and junior senate.  What steps should Americans take to make the House of Representatives responsible and accessible to them?  

     It is symptomatic of the core issue that elected officials of all kinds have invented titles for themselves, along with entitlements of privileges now enjoyed by the ones who pay for these.  
     See Forms of Address  
     Rejecting the use of titles was part of the original mission statement, which we know as the Declaration of Independence.
     The statement of mission is not long, you can view it HERE .
     This is what created agreement for what seemed an impossible task, defeating the strongest nation on earth, Britain.
     "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."   
    See Problem One

    These issues have history you have never heard or read. One of these issues is control of government by the cooperative efforts of 'the elite,' through government and corporations.

    The issues which cover that period of time are covered in Problem 3. 

    With Problem 2 we suggest you look over the kind of issues which claim the attention of the Congresspersons in the U. S. House of Representatives.  










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