It is important to understand that prior to the 17th amendment the House of Representatives was the only body of the government directly elected by the people. In the original version the Senators were appointed by the state legislatures. The president is still elected indirectly through the electoral college -- a system empowering political parties as the mainstay of presidential selection.
"A government is republican in proportion as every member composing it has his equal voice in the direction of its concerns: not indeed in person, which would be impracticable beyond the limits of a city or small township, but by representatives chosen by himself and responsible to him at short periods." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816.Our Constitution describes the legislators in the House of Representatives as individuals held accountable for their actions by constituencies of thirty or forty thousand more aware citizens. And in such a scheme of true representation the common people have choice of representatives much better known to them, a voice, and a means by which they can defend themselves against encroaching aristocracy, plutocracy, and nationalism.
The House was slowly enlarged in respect of the growing population from 65 members in 1789 to 435 members in respect of the 1910 census; one representative for every 200 thousand people. In 1921, in violation of the Constitution, the Congress did not reapportion the House. And having gotten away with it the Congress then in 1929 passed legislation limiting the House membership to 435. Since then the increasing population has created districts that have grown to encompass close to 700 thousand. As such vast amounts of funding are necessary to the "recognition" of and election of any voting member of the House. This has destroyed true representation and cemented the control of the two major parties.
While the 1911 district size far exceeds the thirty thousand described in our Constitution, today's enormous districts totally preclude any hope of grass roots representation or any real debate of issues. Each (so called) representative thus becomes a power broker, installed and held in place by the special interest(s) (party included) that fund incumbency.
In this day of information overload the people of our nation are continually misinformed and mislead by ongoing marketing campaigns of self serving spin. Such distortion becomes the stuff that is the latest truth reported by our entertainment media called network news; a continuing paid political advertisement for those in authority. And before we are allowed to cast any vote the special interests have already financed their choices and drowned out all opposition that would afford the common people any real information, any discussion of real issues, and any relief from the continuing despotism. We have thus lost the means of interaction and involvement necessary to any true representative government.
Greater Voice is not intended as a vehicle to plead for redress of some "list" of grievances. Nor do we currently seek to be an ongoing forum for various advocacy. We know but one single issue at the heart of this problem of arrogant and presumptuous aristocratic government. That one issue is the lack of Constitutionally Appropriate Representation.