Sunday, June 26, 2005

Let's Start Counting Citizens

Dimitri Vassilaros- PittsburghLIVE.com

With many discussing a Flag Amendment (it's been tried before - forgettaboutit) I saw this and wish this was in front and center instead.

Excerpt:
Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., wants to change one word in the U.S. Constitution.
Replacing "persons" with "citizens" in the 14th Amendment would force the Census Bureau to discount foreigners -- legals and illegals -- to ensure that every American finally would be properly represented in the House.

Michigan would gain a seat, as would Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Montana and Utah, according to Ms. Miller.

"It is almost ridiculously simple" she said.


Since the 14th Amendment uses the word 'persons' to to count the population vs citizen to count the population California districts along some other border states have a disproportionate census for the number of Representatives for the House of Representative. But if the House attempts to go along with this then they may as well go all the way and change the word 'persons' in the Section 1. also to eliminate the anchor baby lure for illegal aliens from Mexico, Central and South America.

Excerpt:
The only thing more ridiculous is that Miller does not think ratification of her proposed constitutional amendment will be a slam-dunk.

"The degree of difficulty is great," she said of the amendment process. Two-thirds of the House and Senate must approve any amendment, as well as three-fourths of the states.

This should be approved by acclamation in Congress and then by virtually every state. But Miller does not talk as if it will.

"It is not a partisan move," Miller said, hoping to neutralize potential objections.

It isn't, if one presumes that championing constitutional integrity is
not considered partisanship in these politically correct times.

Depending on which party is in power in each of those states, Democrats and Republicans could gain extra seats, while the Left Coast, once known as California, would lose six. Texas, New York and Florida each would lose one, says Miller. The only thing more ridiculous is that Miller does not think ratification of her proposed constitutional amendment will be a slam-dunk.

The biggest loser, of course, would be Mexico.


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