There generally isn’t a lot of discussion about Article 1, Section 2 because all it does is lay out some basic details about the House of Representatives. It’s fairly easy to understand and, for the most part, it’s not controversial (I’ll take on the controversial part next week).
But even though Article 1, Section 2 is easy to understand and implement, that doesn’t mean that we should rush past it. There is so much more to this section than just what it says. If we take the time to learn why it says what it says, there is a lot we can learn about what we need to do to get our government to run effectively.
For now, let’s consider the three qualifications that a person must meet before becoming a member of the House of Representatives.
1. You Must be at Least 25 years old
The idea here was that a person needed to go out and get at least little bit of life experience before becoming a member of Congress. It’s foolish to think that the moment someone becomes a legal adult, he is instantly prepared to make decisions for the rest of the country.
Instead, you were supposed go out and spend some time experiencing what it’s like to be a regular citizen. Once you’ve done that, then you can try to become a representative of the regular citizens of this country.