The basic philosophical reason the American colonies fought for liberation from England centered on the concept of representation. The colonists were opposed to the idea of Parliament “representing” their interests when parliament had become a, “deliberative assembly one nation, with one interest, that of the whole, where, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason as a whole.  Instructions, therefore from particular constituents to their own Members are or can be only of information, advice, and recommendation . . . but not absolutely binding upon votes and actings and conscience in Parliament” (Bailyn).

Prior to this period, the members of parliament acted as “attorneys” in the interest of their constituents.  The idea of Members of Parliament acting for the good of the whole in opposition to the wishes of their particular constituents who elected them and who they represented was refuted throughout the colonies.  This idea of “virtual” representation was (and is in my opinion) “too ridiculous to be regarded” as colonist James Otis wrote.

Given this, I find it absolutely un-American that our Congress continues to ignore the wishes of the people in the interest of “the country.

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