We can’t wait for Washington to rescue the U.S. Constitution. We can do it right here in Utah.
From the immortal 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz:
Dorothy: Oh, will you help me? Can you help me?
Glinda: You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.
Dorothy: I have?
Scarecrow: Then why didn’t you tell her before?
Glinda: Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.
We can begin to rescue the U.S. Constitution in just three steps:
Re-implement the correct representation ratio in the House of Representatives. Article One, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states, “The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand.” If elected, I will work with the Utah State Legislature to appoint one additional advising representative for each 30,000 citizens—see Not Represented? 10,160 Congressmen are Missing!
The Founding Fathers’ plan of representation was divinely inspired. In 1913 the ratio of representatives to citizens was frozen, making it easier for special interest groups to buy congressmen. We can restore the correct ratio and reap the benefits of proper representation.
Encourage the Utah State Legislature to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment here in Utah. At the very least, they can choose Senators from their ranks for our citizens to vote for.
Then Utah Senators will represent Utah, not their campaign donors. That’s the way the Founding Fathers intended.
These steps will produce more accurate representation, and Utah can become an example for other states to follow.
Was The Wizard of Oz really about rescuing the U.S. Constitution?
Dorothy lives on a humble Kansas farm with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and Toto, her dog. Her friends are three loving farmhands who care for her deeply.
Dorothy’s farm represents colonial America.
Enlightened by the bible, Europeans seek religious freedom. Subject to a minority of controlling elite, and with no path to advance and join their wealthy ranks, working peasants dream of deliverance.
Guided by the hand of Providence, they travel by sea and settle in America where they are finally free from tyranny. Here they govern themselves and worship God as they please.
Miss Gulch, a very nasty lady who owns half the county, arrives at the family farm with a legal order to take Toto away to the Sheriff. Obeying the law, Dorothy’s family concedes.
Miss Gulch represents the King of England.
In 1765 the British Parliament passed the Quartering Act mandating the colonies provide British soldiers with housing and food.
Miss Gulch puts Toto in her basket and rides away. Toto escapes and returns home. Knowing Toto isn’t safe at home, Dorothy runs away with Toto. She arrives at a magician’s wagon. Gazing into his crystal ball he describes Aunt Em. Worried, Dorothy departs for home in a windstorm.
The colonies rebel. To raise revenues and oppress colonies for failing to comply with the Quartering Act, the British Parliament passes the Townshend Acts. Storm clouds of anger and resentment intensify as Americans are burdened with excessive taxes.
Dorothy arrives home just before the tornado strikes. A window breaks loose and knocks her unconscious. She awakens to discover her house twirling inside a cyclone. Later she finds herself in the Land of Oz where her house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East.
The Wicked Witch of the East represents oppression.
As loyal subjects to the King, the colonists document their grievances and send many unsuccessful appeals for reconciliation. The Continental Congress finally decides to separate with England. Thomas Jefferson drafts the Declaration of Independence.
The American Revolution begins. Volunteers supply their own muskets and ammunition. Many times General Washington’s army sees the hand of Providence save them from complete destruction.
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, arrives declaring the Munchkins want to know if Dorothy is a good witch or a bad witch and explains that “only bad witches are ugly” and that Dorothy freed them from the Wicked Witch of the East.
Dorothy’s miracle represents the Colonial Army. Although General Washington’s army lost almost every battle, they eventually won the war. Tyranny was defeated. The British surrounded at Yorktown and departed for England.
The Munchkins view Dorothy’s landing as a miracle, “You’ve killed her so completely, that we thank you very sweetly. Let the joyous news be spread, The Wicked Old Witch at last is dead!”
The British Army, the most powerful army in the world, was defeated by men and women of great courage dedicated to the cause of liberty.
After the coroner certifies the witch is dead, the mayor declares, “This is a day of independence for all Munchkins and their descendants. Let the joyous news be spread. The wicked witch at last is dead.”
The Munchkins celebrate and declare, “We welcome you to Munchkin land…And we will glorify your name. You will be a bust in the hall of fame.”
Independence was won. Church bells rang throughout the colonies. The soldiers returned home. George Washington emerges as a national hero.
The Wicked Witch of the West arrives. Before she can take the ruby slippers off her dead sister’s feet, they are magically transported to Dorothy’s feet.
The shiny ruby slippers represent the U.S. Constitution. Wise men deliberated for four months at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. When deadlock made uncertain its fate, Benjamin Franklin proposed the delegates pray to God for guidance and inspiration. Blessed in their efforts, they delivered the U.S. Constitution which outlined the most successful form of government ever devised.
Stay tuned for Part 2.
Robert Stevens is a Republican Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.