This one event starts a chain reaction that completely destroys your entire family—Dr. Emmett Brown, Back to the Future Part II
My plan may be the most important you will ever read and I will ever write. I’m going to call it the Utah Plan to Rescue Constitutional Government.
Using the investigative skills I developed as a programmer, I searched for the root causes of our nation’s problems. I pinpointed them to 1913. In that year representation was hijacked.1
The events of 1913 altered our timeline. In a 2014 study, Princeton and Northwestern universities suggest the US political system now serves special interest organizations instead of voters.2 In other words, representation is dead.
For our republic to function correctly, our Founding Fathers knew the people must be properly represented so they mandated one member of the U.S. House of Representative for every 30,000 citizens.3
In 1913, the number of representatives was frozen at 435.1 That number is not at all sufficient for today’s population of nearly 318 million.4
In 2010, USAToday reported there were 709,760 citizens per representative!
Congressman Jason Chaffetz cannot be expected to correctly represent an estimated 750,000 citizens in our district.5
Hijacking representation started a chain reaction that continues to destroy our nation. To repair it we must first restore representation.
It can begin as an experiment in our office.
The advantages include increased accountability, competition, freedom, and cost of lobbying, and decreased government spending, cost of running for office, and influence of each representative.6
We can’t wait for Washington to rescue the U.S. Constitution. We can restore proper representation in our district7 for the U.S. House of Representatives and become a shining beacon for the rest of our nation to emulate.
See also my article, The Wizard of Oz and Rescuing the U.S. Constitution, Part 1.
As an acting representative you aren’t an official representative, at least not yet. You will be part of a Utah experiment to help Americans see the benefits of the original ratio.
As one of 24 acting members8 you will:
- Create bills to help the federal government shed unconstitutional programs and expenditures better handled by lower levels of government
- Communicate frequently with citizens and listen to their needs and concerns
- Teach your constituents about the proper role of government and why the U.S. Constitution launched the most successful government in history
- Record best practices. Help other Utah districts and states restore proper representation
- Petition the State of Utah to allocate funds and hold elections for these positions
- Read, decipher, debate and vote9 on new bills
- Actively participate in revolutionary, not incremental changes that increase liberty and freedom
“No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”10
This will begin as voluntary work. I hope to later offer competitive salaries.
Considering how much money this body can potentially save Utah, and how dedicated our elected officials are to rescue the U.S. Constitution, justifying state funds should be pro-actively met with great optimism.
If elected I will share my salary, allowances, and the $945,000 allocated for employee compensation11 to the best of my abilities and within the confines of the law.
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 influence congressional votes. Beginning in our congressional district, we can restore the correct ratio and reap the benefits of proper representation.
These steps will produce more accurate representation, and Utah can become an example for other states to follow.
Let’s thank Congressman Jason Chaffetz for his six years of public service and release him so he can serve his country in another capacity. Vote Robert Stevens for Congress. Let me show you what I can do.
How to Apply
Contact me. If I am not elected or you reside outside of District 3, please contact your elected officials.
3 Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states, “The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand.” This is confusing for some. The expression is Not > 1 per 30,000 means states may have one, but no more than one representative for each 30,000 citizens.
5 Census.gov for Utah District 3. I am assuming an adjusted population estimate for January 2015 of 750,000.
6 See Scott Scharpen’s, The advantages of a larger U.S. House of Representatives
7 Utah is probably the most patriotic, constitutional-loving state in America. Our district even holds an annual Freedom Festival event.
8 Census.gov reports a population of 711,258 for Utah District 3. Assuming an adjusted population estimate for January 2015 of 750,000, I arrived 24 representatives for our district with this equation: 750,000 / 30,000 -1 (with 1 being the officially elected representative).
9 Until proper representation in the U.S. House of Representatives is nationally restored, only one vote will officially count but we can implement constitutional voting procedures among us to determine our single national vote.
10 Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution