No reason for census citizenship question

DEAR EDITOR:

“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three-fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.”

That is part of Article 1, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

There is nothing in this about making sure they are counting only citizens. In fact, just the opposite.

The Founding Fathers were mostly racists. They also owned slaves in some states which we call, for political reasons, “Red States.” Those states were not as heavily populated by white “free persons.” The northern states would have received much more representation and money from the federal government had the Founding Fathers not found a way to also count other people like illegals and slaves. Leaving these red slave states with less representation from the federal government.

It really doesn’t matter, for census purposes, who is a citizen and who is not; only who is residing in the home. So the question of citizenship has no bearing or reason to be in the census at all for what is the census’ purpose? It’s simply to count the number of people today and nothing else. Even in the past, there would be only a need to not identify specific individuals as free or slave, but only by the numbers. The census is meant for general information purposes only. Gun advocates would understand this because they don’t even want to have a registration of gun owners for fear the government would then know where to go to take their guns away should any such laws ever get passed. Gun advocates are afraid of what “might” happen, but people here illegally are afraid of what will happen should the government know their citizenship status. Big difference.

So what the Founding Fathers did is now haunting the Republican Party and others today. Of course these people will try anything to get their way, but the Constitution is clear. As slavery no longer exists, there is no need to figure out who is worth only three-fifths a person. Not that such a system was ever right to begin with.

LEIF P. DAMSTOFT SR.

Warren

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