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Congress has effectively created a Plutocratic Republic. The Initiatives Amendment can restore our Democratic Republic.

Introduction and Summary

Federal government’s systemic corruption, dysfunction, and waste is intolerable. It grows hand-in-hand with the bribery and coercion by a Plutocracy of huge corporations, vastly wealthy individuals, lobbyists, special interests, and monopoly media. This is the primary cause of financial crashes, inequalities, inferior governance, etc. It is not the Government that our founding documents promises for the People; instead it greatly harms the People and their children. Fortunately, this huge problem can be solved constitutionally by the People without dramatic Government change or bloodshed.

Our Constitution’s Framers knew that democracy worked outstandingly well in the ancient Cities of Greece and in New England Town Meetings, but it could not be scaled up for the entire U.S. because all the People could not gather in one place to make democratic decisions. The Framers could not have anticipated today’s Internet revolution that enables the People to communicate, debate, refine, and coordinate their views instantaneously across the nation. Consequently, the Framers decided that the People should elect Representatives and hoped that they would act in the People’s democratic interests.

Starting in 1898, in response to the industrial robber barons’ corruption of State politics, 24 States introduced People’s Initiatives that demonstrate the People’s competence to vote biannually on up to 20 initiatives. The People support this State right and none have rescinded it; rather It has expanded to many cities and counties, so that today 70 percent of voters have initiatives on their ballots.  Switzerland is the only recent (since 1891) example of nationwide initiatives. The Swiss have prospered: starting as a very poor country Switzerland now ranks with the world’s top three in life expectancy, education, and income per capita (the U.S. has fallen to eighth). The challenge is how to implement benefits of Initiatives to the U.S. Government effectively and with minimal risk.

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Introduction and Summary

Federal government’s systemic corruption, dysfunction, and waste is intolerable. It grows hand-in-hand with the bribery and coercion by a Plutocracy of huge corporations, vastly wealthy individuals, lobbyists, special interests, and monopoly media. This is the primary cause of financial crashes, inequalities, inferior governance, etc. It is not the Government that our founding documents promises for the People; instead it greatly harms the People and their children. Fortunately, this huge problem can be solved constitutionally by the People without dramatic Government change or bloodshed.

Our Constitution’s Framers knew that democracy worked outstandingly well in the ancient Cities of Greece and in New England Town Meetings, but it could not be scaled up for the entire U.S. because all the People could not gather in one place to make democratic decisions. The Framers could not have anticipated today’s Internet revolution that enables the People to communicate, debate, refine, and coordinate their views instantaneously across the nation. Consequently, the Framers decided that the People should elect Representatives and hoped that they would act in the People’s democratic interests.

Starting in 1898, in response to the industrial robber barons’ corruption of State politics, 24 States introduced People’s Initiatives that demonstrate the People’s competence to vote biannually on up to 20 initiatives. The People support this State right and none have rescinded it; rather It has expanded to many cities and counties, so that today 70 percent of voters have initiatives on their ballots.  Switzerland is the only recent (since 1891) example of nationwide initiatives. The Swiss have prospered: starting as a very poor country Switzerland now ranks with the world’s top three in life expectancy, education, and income per capita (the U.S. has fallen to eighth). The challenge is how to implement benefits of Initiatives to the U.S. Government effectively and with minimal risk.

Some groups of able and knowledgeable Citizens will create excellent initiative proposals, but the vast majority will fall far short of the quality required. Therefore, winnowing all the People’s initiative proposals down to the few on which the People will want to vote is crucial. Statistically, it requires a super grand jury (called Initiatives Qualifying Assembly or IQA) of about 500 randomly-selected Citizens (about half the size of a Gallup poll) to decide accurately which initiatives should go on the ballot. Oregon has adopted a State Initiative winnowing process to improve their State initiatives; several other States and the E.U. are also considering this.

The question is can these ideas be developed into a system enabling the People to do and undo all manner of things that Congress does and to have to have a major effect over time? Moreover, can the system work, evolve, and function cooperatively and effectively in parallel with our current form of Government, which must perform the vast majority of the work to run the country? Crucially, can the system be constitutionally authorized, defined, and implemented by an initiatives amendment, overcoming fierce resistance by Government and Plutocracy?

These issues are answered affirmatively with details in the remainder of this website. It shows that we can have a Government that is far less corrupt and far more responsive to the People’s well-being, while still accomplishing all the good things that our Government does today. The following are the six documents that create and govern the Initiatives Amendment and its operation:

U.S. Constitution DocumentsConstitutional Amendment with incorporated documents:
Constitutional Orders to Government to Establish the Initiatives Process
Initiatives Qualifying Assembly (IQA) Rules Defining and Managing How Initiatives get onto Federal Election Ballots
State Documents Calling a Constitutional Convention using:State Initiatives available in 24 States to compel their State Assemblies to propose and adopt the U.S. Constitutional Amendment
State Referendums available in all States.
The balance of 14 non-Initiative States (needed to make up a total of 38 States to ratify the Amendment) will be a harder battle, but the People can focus their efforts to pass a Referendum or enact Legislation in one state after another e.g., using the Initiatives Amendment Pledge as a voting guide .
State Legislation bypassing Referendum or Initiative

Download Introduction and Summary as a PDF with links, e.g., for print or email attachment.

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Problem

The Problem is huge: our Democratic Republic is effectively a Plutocratic Republic where ultimate authority and power is derived from Plutocrats, and the government itself is run by a Congressional Majority that was evaluated, chosen, financed, nominated, and promoted by Plutocrats for the Citizens to elect.

Plutocracy employs a light touch on most issues that are not central to its benefits and power. However, if a Member of Congress opposes their policy, Plutocracy selects a more compliant candidate and attempts to ensure that the opposing official fails at the next election. It becomes more entrenched and more intractable each year that Citizens fail their obligations of right and duty as demanded by the Declaration of Independence.

Neither the President nor the Supreme Court have the power to solve the Problem, and Congress is too beholden to plutocracy to solve it. Our checks and balances were not designed to address this Problem. Though the States theoretically have the power by repeated Amendments, it typically takes decades for just one Amendment that benefits the People – an order of magnitude slower than the few years in which Plutocracy can and does increase the Problem. Moreover, in the States, plutocratic power is increasing, making timely action important.

Plutocratic mischief can take only a few years. Nationwide Initiatives are commensurate in speed, a critical factor in repeatedly constraining Plutocracy and in defining the Solution’s form. Without Initiatives, Plutocracy’s speed, agility, and perseverance overcome the Peoples’ ponderous options.

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Solution

The People have great wisdom and knowledge about what needs doing. The key is to tap into the Peoples’ wisest minds so they can propose good Initiatives, and the few best initiatives can be approved by the People. As important is assurance that the Solution cannot be corrupted.VancouverSun_hall440D

The Solution’s cornerstone is a large Grand Jury (called the Initiatives Qualifying Assembly) that qualifies just the best few Initiatives to reach the ballot.

The IQA is responsible to the People alone, independent of Government, funded as an entitlement of the People. The Grand Jury is as a constitutional fixture serving as buffer or referee between the Government and the People.

Subject to meeting reasonable minimum criteria, groups of citizens will create Initiatives, often using communications only widely available in the last 15 years such as Internet, social media, crowd-source, feedback guidance, etc., and propose them to the IQA by their publication.

To see how the Solution works, look at the simple one-page explanation. (more…)

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The Campaign

The People can implement this Solution over vigorous opposition from Congress, corporations, and the ultra-wealthy, plus reluctance in many States. The Campaign’s ultimate objectives are for 34 or more States to call a Limited Article V Convention to propose the Initiatives Amendment followed by 38 or more States to ratify the Initiatives Amendment. Congress has no power to prevent an Article V Convention or an Amendment’s ratification. It will not be quick or easy, but today it is still absolutely possible to defend the Peoples’ liberty against tyranny by a Plutocratic Republic.

The People have a Critical Strategic Power: 24 States have State Initiatives (i.e.,  70% of the States needed to call the Convention; 63% of the States needed to ratify the Amendment).

Moreover, in 16 States, the People can pass State Constitutional Amendments that preserve the U.S. Initiatives Amendment as permanent State demands. (more…)

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2 responses to “Home

  1. Try looking at it this way: ratification needs more states than calling, so it dilutes the importance of the 24 Initiatives States from 70% down to 63%.

  2. Please check your two last paragraphs;  34 states call a convention call a convention, then in the last paragraph 70% of states call a convention,  yet 38 states ratify an amendment which is a higher number but has a lower percentage 63 percentage.  If I’m reading it correctly they are the wrong way round.

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