Now is the time to discuss correcting the ‘51/18 Problem’ – women being 51% of We the People and represented in Congress at 18%.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 30, 2013
Women, We the People and the 21st century relevance of the Declaration of Independence is the focus of a new blog posting by author and political scientist Bryan W. Brickner.
“With the 2014 and 16 election cycles fast approaching,” Brickner noted, “now is the time to discuss correcting the ‘51/18 Problem’ – women being 51% of We the People and represented in Congress at 18%.”
The US Constitution mandates one Representative for every “thirty Thousand” citizens (Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3). Congress first changed the ratio, without amending the Constitution, on 9 April 1792, to 33,000. Today the usurped representation ratio is one Representative for every 710,000 citizens.
“The 3rd Charge from The Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776,” is the title for the new blog posting; it is adapted from chapter three, “Oligarchy,” of Brickner’s forthcoming The Book of the Is: A book on bridges (Summer 2013).
“The constitutional solution to our polity,” commented Brickner, “is to use it – the Constitution – as the blueprint reads. In doing so, representing We the People according to our state census numbers, the 51/18 problem disappears, constitutionally; how many women would there be in a new constitutional Congress is unknowable – that is, until we try.”
Brickner has a 1997 political science doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of several books, to include The Promise Keepers: Politics and Promises (1999) and Article the first of the Bill of Rights: the forgotten story of constitutional representation (2006). The Bryan William Brickner blog is a collection of published works and press coverage and an ongoing resource for the political science of constitutional usurpation and the biological science of cannabinoids.