Census 2010, Will Missouri Lose Out – Again? © John R. Stoeffler

Reprinted with permission from John R. Stoeffler

In 1980 Missouri lost a representative in Congress leaving us with nine. Preliminary estimates point to the distinct possibility that following the 2010 census Missouri will lose yet another seat in the House of Representatives. What is going on?  This year the Census Bureau’s “long form” will be replaced by what is called the “American Community Survey.” Unlike the Bureau’s long form the Community Survey will be randomly mailed to three million households each year for ten years. Among the 47 questions asked is individual question number 8: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”  As with the old long form the ACS questionnaire will only ask 16 percent of those residing in this country if they are U.S. citizens.

Another change will find every household being mailed the Census Bureau’s “short form.” This form asks ten questions including the number of people residing at that residence, the race of the individual completing the form, and that individual’s sex. What remains unchanged is that the questionnaire doesn’t ask if the individual completing the form and those residing with him or her are U.S. citizens. Bottom line, 84 percent of those residing in the U.S. will never be asked about their citizenship status, a mistake that has political repercussions not only for Missouri but other states as well.

The Constitution requires a census be taken every ten years to obtain a count of “persons” in each state for the purposes of “apportioning”, that is determining, the number of political representatives each state shall have in the U.S. House of Representatives. This requirement was included in the Constitution by the Founders to insure equality of political representation.

The manner in which the Commerce Department’s Bureau of the Census interprets the “Census Clause” of the Fourteenth Amendment is cause for concern in that political representation of Citizens is being distorted by including non-citizens in the census count and using those numbers for reapportionment.  Adherence to this policy enhances the unmistakable probability that representatives in the United States House will continue to be elected to office from areas with fast growing populations of non-citizens thereby diluting the political clout of Americans.

What should be done?

First, Missouri’s congressional delegation needs to recognize that the Constitution neither requires nor prohibits the counting of aliens.

Second, they must acknowledge that while current policy is based on the position that the “Census Clause” of the Fourteenth Amendment requires all persons whose “usual residence” is in a state be included, neither “resident” nor “residence” appears in the constitutional language.

Third, members of Missouri’s congressional delegation must recognize and point out to their colleagues in Congress that the final word on how the census shall be conducted lies with Congress, such authority being provided for in the Constitution. 3.

Fourth, in order to protect the political rights of citizens Congress needs to instruct the Bureau of the Census that henceforth for the purpose of determining the number and distribution of elected representatives only Citizens shall be counted. Counted, not estimated.

If Congress were to initiate a change in census policy to count only those who are citizens for the purpose of reapportionment you can bet the ranch someone or some group would file a challenge in federal court. Undoubtedly, plaintiffs would assert that such a change would deny non-citizens “due process,” but such a charge would be without merit.

The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment doesn’t lead to the conclusion that all aliens are entitled to the advantages of citizenship. For example, they can’t vote 4. or hold elective office. 5. If a change of policy were ordered by Congress that forbade counting non-citizens for the purpose of determining political representation it would in no way disenfranchise any individual or group of persons. Nor would such a change diminish any protection to which they are entitled as guests of the citizens and government of the United States. 6.

As I see it, the current method of apportioning representatives in Congress is, to be charitable, disgraceful as it discriminates not only against every Missourian but every American.

How the 2010 Census will be conducted needs the immediate attention of Congress. Two years ago I raised this issue with Senator Bond, then Senator Talent and Congressman Akin. Regrettably, the silence was deafening. This is an issue too important to Missouri to wait another day.

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Footnotes:

1.  Testimony of John Keane, Hearing on Enumeration of Undocumented Aliens in the Decennial Census before the Subcommittee on Energy, Nuclear Proliferation, and Government Processes of the Senate Committee on Government Affairs, 99th Congress, 13 (1985)
2.  Charles Wood, “Losing Control of America’s Future,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 22, No. 2 (1999) Ref. FN 13, Remaking the Political       Landscape – How Immigration Redistributes Seats in the House, (Backgrounder No. 2-98, Center for Immigration Studies, Washington, D.C. 1998)
3.  See Fourteenth Amendment, Sec. 2 and 5
4.  U.S. Constitution, Amendment XV, Sec. 1.; Amendment XIX; Amendment XXVI, Sec. 1.
5.  U.S. Constitution, Article I, Sec. 2 ; Article II, Sec. 1.
6.  U.S. Constitution, Amendment XIV.

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President Obama, READ Lincoln’s Words!

So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe Lincoln, and you are no Abe Lincoln."

So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe Lincoln, and you are no Abe Lincoln."

“Property is the fruit of labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”
…. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VII, “Reply to New York Workingmen’s Democratic Republican Association” (March 21, 1864), pp. 259-260.

“We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name – liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names – liberty and tyranny.”
…. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VII, “Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland” (April 18, 1864), p. 301-302.

The following quotes were published in 1942 by William J. H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian minister.  He released a pamphlet titled Lincoln On Limitations, which did include a Lincoln quote, but also added 10 statements written by Boetcker himself.

1.  You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2.  You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong
3.  You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
4.  You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
5.  You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
6.  You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
7.  You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
8.  You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
9.  You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.

David Limbaugh at the Conservative Heartland Leadership Con

The Restoration of Confidence

Bryan Caplan blows holes through the belief that the President has restored confidence in the economy.  Who can forget this White House photo op back in February of the President’s economic team getting ready to save the economy.

Photo Op

More Chapstick Ordered for Air Force One

After the Cairo speech there is a massive shortage.

 

Principles Matter, Conservatives!

The Democrats came to their current position of power by sticking to their basic premise; unite all of those who are miserable with their own lives, promise to take care of them, get their vote, then ditch ’em.  Misery as human nature would have it, on any scale, breeds contempt and anger and therefore allows for easy assembly of kindred spirit.  The masters of misery that lie within the party, albeit taking a few election cycles to perfect, along with the fragmentation and egos of the Republican party, came up with a new twist to an old theme.

Field soldiers, per the direction of ahem… community organizers (read ACORN and Obama) donned laptops and sported backpacks full to the brim with bags of cheese curls, Red Bull and Bob Marley-sized bags of “hope and change” set out on a quest to collectively gather the depressed lot who lurked in the shadows of the social networks of electronic media.  You see, this new (relatively speaking) network of groups; MySpace, Face Book, etc., etc. is the perfect breeding ground for those to voice their opinions (the aforementioned groups more in the “PG” and “R” ratings) without condemnation (well, maybe that’s changing…) and the fear of being “undressed” before their peers.  The Right’s counter punch?  Don’t want to swing too hard – somebody might get hurt!

But the pièce de résistance for our taxes-supported (I’ll fight this one another day!) band of merry men?   The Kool-Aid party thrown on behalf of all of those lost souls aimlessly wondering within the confines of the myriad of social media groups.   We speak of course of the Moderates.  Those “men without a country” who wish they had fundamental principles for support and direction, but just can’t get over why they get picked last for kickball.  “Pick me!  Pick me!” they shout.  They were feted by the ACORN advance scout team and, for a little ol’ vote for “hope and change,” inserted into the opening day roster of a new team with fancy uniforms and the like.  Smiles abound as they rejoiced in the fact that someone finally had paid attention to them!  Oh… (insert record skipping sound here) were they not told that by playing on this new team that there’s a catch?  You mean that when the game’s over, they have to stay and cleanup the field, donate money to the team’s rainy day fund and above all, actually give their spiffy new uniform back to the coach until the next game?  No one said they’d have to bring an extra set of clothes to change into.  Fist bumps to all my new teammates!!

The Left will take care of you and promise hope and change, all at a hidden cost.  I won’t go as far to say that it’s a principle, but it’s what they believe in, so I’ll bite.  The Right will show you how to become self-sufficient; all costs are up-front and no-haggle AND you don’t have embarrassingly disrobe after the game.  Tough lesson being learned right now by the Moderates who chose cool new unis and a roster spot.   Tough lesson too for the Right because they could not stick to their principles.  They became too soft and couldn’t get their “community” organized.

The lesson here for us on the Right:  Get a huge dose of guts and stick to our PRINCIPLES!   Your continued financial support for the development of our 527 and educational website is greatly appreciated.

A Conservative’s Call to Arms! UPDATED: 06/13/09

UPDATE:  To our past and future readers:  We have decided, in the best long-term interest and flexibility of our project, to establish a 501(c)4 Non-Profit organization that will take the place of the original 527 entity.

Wish to be a part of the resurgence of Conservatism in this country?!!  Then become an influential component of an electronic media concept that will revolutionize how Conservatives and concerned citizens all across the country gather political information.  My team of political and Internet technology professionals, along with your financial support, will provide the tools necessary to ensure the stability of our proud nation.  These tools will consist of a 501(c)4 non-profit organization and educational website that will facilitate our goal:  To significantly reduce the unchecked and blatant abuse of our Constitution and the rule of law, in 19 months (the elections of 2010).  Our website will provide each and every American who has Internet access, truthful information so that when the voter steps into the booth, an EDUCATED vote will be cast!

We as conservatives are incessantly demagogued and labeled as right-wing radicals, extremists, etc. because of our core conservative values and beliefs.  Thus we are, as a group, given little political relevance in the eyes of the mainstream media, the far left-wing liberals, democrats and more astonishingly, moderate republicans who have truly lost touch with their Republican constituency.  However, it is the Conservative base that has the aforementioned groups running scared!   Their power is based on ego and when confronted with the truth, they resort to the lies, the name-calling and the personal smear tactics.   OUR power is derived and based on principles which allow each and every one of us to grow and prosper without government intrusion and intervention.  It is Government who works for us – not the other way around!  You and I have the ability to reunite the Republican party and return this great country back to its rightful owners – WE THE PEOPLE.  NOW is the time to begin this process!

Join me and together we can swiftly establish the Conservative-values 527 organization and educational website.  We will put an end to the travesty that is happening to our great country by educating the American people via the Internet, one person at a time.  Your non-tax-deductible donation is greatly appreciated!

•    The Educational Website

This unique website is designed to provide quick, truthful and comprehensive information. The immediate value is that the site will determine the zip-code origin of the individual logging on.  All elected officials, candidates, judicial races & potential nominees, advocacy groups, political causes, and ballot initiatives will appear.  A “score” based on core conservative values will be associated with each official, group, initiative, etc.  If the “score” and its associated item do not match, then a red flag is raised and the viewer can click on the related link for the causal information.

In addition, the website will be a powerful advertising tool for candidate campaigns, voter advocacy groups and ballot initiatives.  Due to the swift need for “identity” to a targeted constituency, candidates and groups desperately need a medium that is cost-effective and efficient.  The website can be used to target campaign dollars to the zip-code level.  And since every state in the Union has its own election schedule in addition to the federal elections, there is never “down time” for advertising revenue generation!

•    The Team

This project is comprised of internet technology, political advocacy, sales and marketing professionals all of whom possess one thing in common – true conservative values.  They are the backbone of this project and have already begun building the technology and marketing infrastructure for the 527 and the website.