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Maybe we need more than 50 States.

Christopher Harris

I was listening to Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle of PJTV.com, and they were talking about how it would probably benefit this country, if we were to have more than 50 States, to make it harder for people to consolidate power.

The gist of what they were saying, is that we actually need MORE Representatives, and MORE U.S. Senators, creating MORE FACTIONS, in order to help disperse power, which would ultimately help to protect individual liberty. Yeah, sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but I kind of like it.

I researched and saw that shortly after the Constitution was ratified, the Apportionment Act of 1792 was passed, which set the U.S. House at having 105 members, with each U.S. Representative representing 33,000 people. As the country grew in population, we added U.S. Representatives until the Apportionment Act of 1911 was passed, and set the number at the current number of 435. Maybe the way to get “smaller government”, is to have “MORE REPRESENTATIVES”, which means having MORE STATES.

I did some Google searching, and came across this map created by AndrewShears.com, and thought it was very interesting. As far as the State of Virginia (my place of residence) is concerned, they basically got it right, IF you are talking just about Virginia.

US-States-Divided-Map

But they are wrong with the idea of creating a State of Nova, IF it includes any part of Maryland, because Virginians and Marylanders are not the same. It’s a mistake to think that the culture of what we currently call “NoVA” (the counties of FAIRFAX, ARLINGTON, PRINCE WILLIAM, and LOUDON) is the same as the culture of the counties of MONTGOMERY, HOWARD, and FREDERICK county Maryland. There is also a palpable difference between “NoVA” and PRINCE GEORGES county, because for all intents and purposes, PRINCE GEORGES county is the extended suburb of Washington D.C.

In regards to my “Home State” of Colorado, it should be no less than 4 different States. The “Front Range” and the “Western Slope” have entirely different cultures. For one, the “Western Slope” is where all of the ski resorts are, and where most of the tourists go, but relatively few people live their full-time.  The “Front Range” is where all of the people live, and where the business takes place. But then, the ‘Front Range” should really be split into at least two different States, because El Paso County (basically Colorado Springs) is bigger than the State of Delaware, and has an entirely different culture from that of the counties in the metro Denver area.

The more I look at this, the more I think that this idea of reapportioning (as opposed to “dividing”) the States into smaller States makes more sense. As odd as it sounds, I think it could really help to make this nation stronger, by taking political power out of the hands of a few, and “redistributing it” into the hands of the many. With that in mind, if we were to divide the 50 States into smaller States, how many different States would your home State be?

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  1. Robert Faulkner

    Great article, and interesting concept.
    (Though if I had my druthers, I’d make the font a size larger?)

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