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Congress has created a Plutocracy of rich persons and corporations: The People must restore our Democratic Republic.

Introduction

Plutocracy of huge corporations and vastly wealthy individuals has created intolerable systemic corruption, dysfunction, and waste in Congress.

The People have defended governance of, by, and for the people with their lives, blood, and sweat, believing our Founders’ promise of a Democratic Republic. The fundamental Problem is that most members of Congress have violated that promise and their oaths by conceding to Plutocracy, and Congress has betrayed its Constitutional obligations to promote the general Welfare of the People. The U.S. has fallen to 20th internationally as a flawed democracy and only 19 percent of the People trust Congress.

If you feel this overstates the Problem, take a look through the references, the most recent is a sitting U.S. Senator’s 2017 book “Captured” (eBook). You will find that the corruption in Congress and the insatiable greed of Plutocrats are truly frightening.

This website describes in detail how the People can solve these huge problems – constitutionally, permanently, peacefully, realistically, and over the intense opposition of Congress and Plutocracy.

Introduction

Plutocracy of huge corporations and vastly wealthy individuals has created intolerable systemic corruption, dysfunction, and waste in Congress.

The People have defended governance of, by, and for the people with their lives, blood, and sweat, believing our Founders’ promise of a Democratic Republic. The fundamental Problem is that most members of Congress have violated that promise and their oaths by conceding to Plutocracy, and Congress has betrayed its Constitutional obligations to promote the general Welfare of the People. The U.S. has fallen to 20th internationally as a flawed democracy and only 19 percent of the People trust Congress.

If you feel this overstates the Problem, take a look through the references, the most recent is a sitting U.S. Senator’s 2017 book “Captured” (eBook). You will find that the corruption in Congress and the insatiable greed of Plutocrats are truly frightening.

This website describes in detail how the People can solve these huge problems – constitutionally, permanently, peacefully, realistically, and over the intense opposition of Congress and Plutocracy.

Problem

Wealth and capitalism are not part of the Problem because they are vital to our economic success. Politics cannot solve the Problem because Congress is so obligated to Plutocracy that it does not even matter which party is in power.

Neither the President nor the Supreme Court have the Constitutional power to solve the Problem; our checks and balances were not designed to address it.

Though the States theoretically have the power to solve some problems by repeated Article V Amendments (Fed. 43Fed. 85), in 240 years the States have not once  enforced it.

The situation is likely to deteriorate because Plutocracy can become Aristocracy within a generation. Moreover, in 1983, 50 companies controlled 90 percent of US media; today, 5 companies control 90 percent of media and the capability to make the People more fearful and compliant – a key prerequisite for authoritarianism. The Problem started long before the two Supreme Court decisions (Citizens United and McCutcheon) delivered unlimited funds to Plutocrats’ candidates and made the Problem even worse.

Any effective solution must be commensurate in speed to Plutocratic actions. This is a critical factor in repeatedly constraining Plutocracy and in defining the Solution’s form, otherwise Plutocracy speed, agility, and perseverance overcome the Peoples’ existing impractical and ponderous options.

Congress neglects the 14 problem examples appearing below, but the People want solutions. The central Problem is that most problems will average about 10 to 20 years for resolution – well over 100 years to consider just these problems:
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Solution

To keep up with the speed of Plutocratic mischief, we need an enabling Solution that permits several problems that are beyond Congressional capability, to be solved concurrently over just a few years.

A very successful Solution was once discovered. The Citizens themselves could propose solutions to difficult problems. A very large grand jury decided if each proposed solution was worthy of consideration by all Citizens. When one was found, the jury presented it to a meeting of all Citizens, who considered it and finally voted on it.

The ancient Athenian city-state invented this system. They called it democracy. It proved so successful that in 186 years they became the foundation of all Western Civilizations. New England town halls adapted it, but no one believed that all the people could communicate in a larger community.

Today, instant Internet communications, social media, and air transportation are a total gamechanger: the Solution is feasible today.

Our Democratic Republic is essential for governance of the United States. But we have the wisdom and knowledge of all our Citizens, including all in government, to make a few profoundly difficult decisions beyond the capability of our Government. The People have the right and duty to alter our Constitution; we should and can adapt the Athenian model to manage these profound decisions.

Athenians called a proposed solution “probouleumata”; we call it a Direct Initiative. Athenians called their grand jury the “Council of 500”; we call it the “Initiatives Qualifying Assembly” or (IQA). Public debate we call free speech and freedom of the press. Voting by all the people we call Federal Elections. The People voting on Direct Initiatives emulate congresspersons voting the People’s will.

The Solution ensures that no Government entity is involved or can interfere. The system is incorruptible. The IQA is large enough to manage itself. Operations are one week each month; costs are modest. Funding is an entitlement of the People. The IQA is an exact portrait (a mirror) of the People, assuring relevant initiatives and saving voters’ time. Plutocracy cannot bribe because the Grand Jury is strongly protected from tampering; penalties penetrate corporate shields and include mandatory jail. Long-term issues can be addressed because no one is running for election.

Conceptual drafts of the Solution’s Initiatives Amendment, the Government’s Constitutional Orders, and the IQA’s Governing Rules are included in this website. They are lengthy because we must anticipate and prevent Congressional interference at all stages.

Our republican form of government will continue unabated, except that the People will have on-going power to correct it when Government becomes misrepresentative, ineffective, or corrupt.

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Campaign

The Campaign’s objectives are for 34+ States to call a Limited Article V Convention to propose the Initiatives Amendment followed by 38+ States to ratify the Initiatives Amendment.

There is a huge difference between a Limited Article V Convention (i.e., limited to a specific Amendment) and a General Convention (i.e., at which any amendments may be introduced, and its consequences are unforeseeable). In either case ¾ (38) of the States must approve the Convention’s outcome. Congress’s Congressional Research Service and many other authorities explain and confirm these issues in detail.

The People value initiatives. They have Direct Constitutional Initiatives in 16 States. Ideally, the Solution can be added to each State’s Constitution giving it permanence and authority. In another 8 States, the Solution can be adopted legislatively. Combined, they represent 63 percent of the States needed to ratify a U.S. Initiatives Amendment.

The website presents drafts of a State Constitutional Initiative, a State Referendum, and State Legislation that will initiate State support of the U.S. Constitutional Amendment.

The People should oblige State Legislators and Candidates to sign the U.S. Initiatives Amendment Pledge or forgo their vote, and make all voters aware of the Candidate’s stance. As necessary, filtering of Candidates at successive elections will eventually prevail for both Amendment Application and Ratification; time and right are on the People’s side.

If substantial financial support is available to fund State Initiatives and press the Pledge, success can come in a few years. But it can take very many years if it is entirely a grass roots effort.

If you believe this Solution is worth examining, start an email cascade circulation of this website address (cusdi.org) with a suggestion to continue the cascade. Similarly, use your social media to pass on the message.

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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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