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Forum Post: OccupyTheConstitution Democracy Representation

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 30, 2011, 8:24 p.m. EST by Nanook (172)
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“Apart from war, the modern great State is harmful from its vastness and the resulting sense of individual helplessness… Even in a democracy, all questions except a very few are decided by a small number of officials and eminent men; and even the few questions which are left to the popular vote are decided by a diffused mass-psychology, not by individual initiative.” (Bertrand Russell: Beyond Good and Evil)

The people controlling the government keep telling us that we have a voice. This keeps us sedated and out of their way. They keep telling us that they are ‘public servants’, while, in fact, they are totally their own servants and servants of the rich and powerful. Representatives were needed when the country was founded because communication across the colonies was done with letters on horseback. We no longer have that limit. The corruption possible using representatives is obvious because of the power given to them. So we should reconstruct the government without representatives. This subtopic asks the question: Given that representatives are no longer needed to overcome slow communications, what other values do they bring? How can we provide that value in other ways that do not support corruption?

(This post is part of a collection of posts aimed at launching a new process called the National Opinion Collection System (NOCS). For more information on the process, see http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-introduction/ )

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[-] 2 points by Windsofchange (1044) 2 years ago

All for occupying the Constitution/Bill of Rights. I would really love to see the occupy movement spend more time on Capitol Hill. They need to hear form us.

Our constitution starts with "We the People". I think Congress forgot about this, and needs a serious reminder about this.

[-] 1 points by NvEric (1) from Carson City, NV 2 years ago

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION - Proper and Just Representation Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Whereas, the United States owes its existence Solely from the People by their Grace and as such a reciprocal Respect shall be returned to the People by way of a Proper and Just Representation; and

Whereas, in the early decades of our Republic, a Respect for the People was returned promptly; and

Whereas, over the course of the 19th Century this Respect diminished some, the People were still respected enough; and

Whereas, the reciprocal respect stopped in 1910, to become known as the 100 years of Troubling Federal Excesses; and

Whereas, the People will consent to dismiss this Long Standing and Gross Error without recriminations to the current session members assembled, and to accept these Long Delayed increases in representation with the Utmost Humbleness and Reserved Dignity:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and Assembly of the State of Nevada assembled, That the following article is proposed to Congress to be adopted as a proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

"Article- Sec. 1 The House of Representatives shall be increased in number to 1305 members when the current membership vacates.

Sec. 2 Two years hence, the number of House members shall be increased to 2610 members.

Sec. 3 Four years hence, the number of House members shall be increased to 3915 members.

Sec. 4 Then thereafter with each census, the number of House members will be based on one for each 60,000 persons