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  •  OK, sounds good, (0+ / 0-)
    the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
    but what about this:
    the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
    I assume this refers to African Americans, who IIRC count as 3/5ths of a whole number.  Fair enough, but do we round up or down if the the final tally has a fraction in it?

    And

    the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
    also looks OK to me, but what if the womenfolk get uppity about their exclusion??
    the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
    So we're going by drinking age, not voting age?  I guess I can live with that, since for most people the former right is considerably more important than the latter . .. .
    •  The fourteenth amendment was enacted soon after (0+ / 0-)

      the Civil War.  It or another of the post-Civil-War amendments also eliminated that three-fifths representation for anyone.  Later amendments gave women the vote, and people ages 18-21.  I think the only reasonable way to interpret the fourteenth amendment is as part of the whole Constitution, and therefore now also applying to women and 18-21 year old people.  

      We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

      by david78209 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 01:07:40 PM PDT

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