Census Stupidity: READ THE DAMNED CONSTITUTION

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by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:

Remove these cucksuckers and **********s from office.

No matter how it becomes necessary.

The 14th Amendment modified the Census Language.  It reads:

Section 2.
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age,* and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

The 19th and 26th Amendments struck the “male” requirement and lowered the age to 18 but no Amendment before or since has changed any of the other requirements.

If you cannot vote and are an adult of 18 years of age or above you do not count in the Census for purposes of representation; the Federal Government is REQUIRED to disregard you for the purpose of apportionment (US House Members per-state.)

Adult illegal invaders do not count.  Nor do adult permanent residents.  Those who have claimed asylum and are adults do not count, until and unless naturalized, at which point they are citizens and do count. Interestingly enough losing voting rights due to rebellion or commission of a crime does not impact your representation via the Census if you live in a state that denies felons the right to vote.

It is clear that the Census is intended to count only citizens; a person who is not a citizen cannot vote.  The language is also clear that a person who has lost the ability to vote as a result of committing a crime counts.  The gateway for representation is clearly delineated as the right to vote; previously this only applied to men but the 19th and 26th Amendments removed the distinction by sex and lowered the age of suffrage to 18.  The original Constitutional language counted slaves (who could not vote) as 3/5ths of a person but excluded all non-eligible to vote men otherwise — including most-specifically immigrants, legal or not, who had not yet been naturalized.

INDEED among adult men, including freed slaves, post the 14th Amendment the only two groups disenfranchised were criminals in some states and immigrants who were not naturalized.

Again the 19th and 26th Amendments removed sex as a determinant and lowered the age to 18 but changed nothing else; the mandate to remove from the Census for purpose of representation those who are not citizens and thus cannot vote stands as of the enactment of the 14th Amendment.  A census that fails to determine who is and is not eligible to vote is void for purposes of determining representation in the US House as it cannot comply with the Constitutional requirement to do so.  An illegally-constituted legislative body is of no force or effect; it can make no law, it can spend no money and it can take no lawful official action other than adjourn.  No person is bound to honor any law or mandate passed by such a body.  Period.

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