I’ve thought for a long time that we need to get back to the original method of establishing the number of representatives. I think we need to amend the Constitution to set the number of representatives at equal to the number of [legal] state residents divided by 100,000, round up to the nearest whole number.
For instance, Oklahoma has a little over 3.8M people, so Oklahoma would have 39 representatives. My birth-state of Kansas, with 2.89M would have 29 representatives, and Texas, with just over 26M, would have 261 representatives. Of course, California would end up with 381 representatives (with statistics from 2012), and Wyoming would be apportioned only 6 representatives. (Keep in mind, that is five more than they have at the moment, and they have the highest proportional representation, with less than 600,000 of them being represented by that one Rep. Our Reps here in Oklahoma represent a whopping 762,964 (approximately) of us Okies each.)
I think we can make this work with electronic communications and telepresence. I think we could push the numbers even lower, to, perhaps 50,000 per representative, perhaps even to the Constitutional 30,000. Still, 100,000 seems a good number to me. That would put us near 3,500 total representatives, and we can easily accommodate annual full conferences of the House [in DC] with electronics. Better yet, we can have our representatives run their day-to-day legislative duties from right here in our own back yards, close to us people, their constituents, and close to their families. Those families that we hope they hold in slightly higher regard then they do us. I suspect all our representatives would be better off staying near home, and their families, and especially we the people. We would be better represented not only because they would have only 100,000 of us clamoring for attention, but they’d spend so much more time here at home with us, staying in touch, and not being infested with the culture of big-government and beltway politics.
American Thinker published this article, http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/did_rush_limbaugh_just_endorse_icongress.html, by C. Edmund Wright. He points out how Rush explained well the problems even the best of our politicians have when they get close to the power of politics.
Mr. Wright asserts it will be hard to move our representatives out of DC and back home. It will only be hard to make the rules and laws and start. Once we start, it will be easy.
Once our elected representatives are used to staying at home, seeing their families everyday, and having regular contact with us constituents, they will all wonder how they ever did it remotely in DC.
See, that is the key aspect of this vision to see. We are currently trying to be represented remotely. We have it backward. That was the only option possible until recently. Now, we can keep our representatives here, at home, with us, and let them represent us locally. Their interactions with each other may be remote, but their representation will be local.
Let’s get started. Suggestions?