There is one cat in the picture.
That is the actual (cat) enumeration.
Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 of the US Constitution details the purpose for taking the “actual Enumeration,” the formal count of the people of the several states, and it doesn’t mention a census or the logic for asking the people questions. It simply states:
“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. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every …”
Congress does the count, the enumeration, by law.
Then Congress is to divide by thirty Thousand, by law and as Washington taught in the first veto, for a state’s federal representation.
That aggregate creates the House of Representatives for We the People.
No questions asked.
We the People represented according to numbers is constitutional fact, just like there’s one cat in the picture.
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Posted by Bryan W. Brickner