The Worst Law Ever Passed In The United States?Submitted by pawnstorm12 on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 15:19
The APPORTIONMENT ACT of 1911 (Also known as Public Law 62-5), was passed by the U.S. Congress on August 8, 1911.
The law set the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives at 435, effective with the 63rd Congress on March 3, 1913.
This meant that effective immediately the House of the Representatives of the people would no longer grow with the population AS INTENDED by the founders.
The previous requirement for allocating U.S. Representatives (by our founding fathers) is found in Article One, Section 2, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution.
After the first census, Congress allotted U.S. Representatives to the states based on population for the next ten years (GEORGE WASHINGTON suggested 1 Representative per about 30,000 to 40,000 people).
But with ONE LAW (no surprise it happened in 1913), the very branch of the federal government designed to GROW with the population, was limited (against the advice of our founders), while OTHER UN-Constitutional parts of the government were allowed to grow to the Socialist/Communist type of monster it is today.
The House of the People (its representatives) was limited because the new order of that day didn't WANT the people to be represented.
CONSIDER that if the House of Representatives had been allowed to grow as designed, today it would be about 7,500 members, with each member representing the 30,000 to 40,000 people Washington advised.
But today (because of that law), each member of the House represents OVER 700,000 PEOPLE in their district!
I believe they did this because you can much more easily convince a smaller number of people to make bad laws than you can a larger number.
(For example, I might be able to convince 1 or 2 people to help me commit a crime, but I would have a much tougher time convincing 10 people to do the same).
Since that law limited the number of our representatives to 435, you only have to convince 218 members to vote for bad laws, and with that small number you can easily buy them off to vote your way.
But try convincing half of 7,500 (or 3,750) members to support bad legislation. It would be MUCH more difficult
But THAT'S the number of representatives we should have today based on our population growth since 1913.
Some argue that it would be impossible to get 7,500 people together in one place, but consider that the average college football game gets 60 or 70 thousand people together every weekend during the season.
So I contend that this may be the worst law ever passed and was designed to DE-Represent "we the people."
It used to be the PEOPLE'S House until that law. Now it is the House of the HIGHEST BIDDER.
This is utterly criminal and absolutely unacceptable in a Representative Republic.
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