You can call us a Democracy, a Representative Republic, or whatever; but it comes down to vox populi - the voice of the people.
We get to decide what goes in this country.
Or do we?
I have written a few times about amplifying our voices.
- Protection of Democracy is in the Numbers - making the case that we have the second worst ratio of Representation on the planet.
Over the last few days a number of events are occurring to bring to the front burner my biggest pet issue
We Need More Congresspeople
- 2010 is a Census year.
If you think it is a good idea to increase the size of Congress, I don't have to convince you that the time to say something is now.
As this three judge panel rightly states, it is the Congress that regulates itself. But I am not asking you to call these people and hound them with what you want.
We need to make the argument that this is what THEY want. They just don't know it yet.
A Congressperson likes their seat, their power, their influence. When you ask them to dilute their power you are asking them to give something up. Adding seats to the Congress has some advantages to those already there:
- Less people to answer to means less work they have to do.
Knowing Congress the way most of us do - new campaign finance rules will be grandfathered in - so they will be able to keep what they have already raised.
In other words, the trade-off we as citizens need to make on this is to essentially guarantee (read: bribe) the incumbents will have their current seats and seniority (and probably staff). In return we get our representative government back (that was twisted after the 1910 census) - each seat needs to represent a fixed number of people - 400,000 to 500,000 people. No state will lose a seat unless they lose significant population.
These are the folks we need to suck up to - to a certain degree - to get what we want.
Please contact your Congressperson and ask for this increase. If they don't like the idea, please contact their opponent - this is has the opportunity a potent issue as the summer moves along.