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An Oligarchy of Plutocrats and Corporations Corrupt and Control Congress. Only the People Can Restore our Democratic Republic.

Introduction

Oligarchy

An Oligarchy of huge corporations and vastly wealthy individuals, aided by their hordes of lobbyists and think-tank fronts, has created intolerable systemic  corruption, dysfunction, and waste in Congress.

Oligarchy, it's a very exclusive club and you're not a member. It reinforces Corruption, Dysfunction, and Waste in Congress.
Oligarchy

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 cause of the Problem is that most Congressional members have violated that promise and their oaths by conceding to Oligarchy. Congress has betrayed its Constitutional obligations to promote the general Welfare, and the Liberty of the People, and our Posterity. The U.S. has fallen to 20th internationally as a flawed democracy. Only about 20 percent of the People trust Congress. Many in Congress and the Executive Branch of government are already members or associates of the Oligarchy.

Corruption 

If you feel this overstates the Problem, look through the references. The most recent is by a sitting U.S. Senator’s 2017 book “Captured” (eBook). A 2014 10-minute Oligarch-Inc video summarizes the indisputable evidence. You will find that the corruption and dysfunction in Congress and the insatiable greed of the Oligarchs are truly frightening. They have destroyed the American Dream. Unless something is done, the Oligarchy will steadily increase their wealth and power. The People will lose more prosperity and freedom. An American Nightmare will be our legacy to our Posterity.

This website describes in detail how the People can solve and reverse these huge problems if they wish. And they can do it constitutionally, permanently, peacefully, realistically, and overcome the intense opposition of the Oligarchy and Congress.

Introduction

Oligarchy

An Oligarchy of huge corporations and vastly wealthy individuals, aided by their hordes of lobbyists and think-tank fronts, has created intolerable systemic  corruption, dysfunction, and waste in Congress.

Oligarchy, it's a very exclusive club and you're not a member. It reinforces Corruption, Dysfunction, and Waste in Congress.
Oligarchy

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 cause of the Problem is that most Congressional members have violated that promise and their oaths by conceding to Oligarchy. Congress has betrayed its Constitutional obligations to promote the general Welfare, and the Liberty of the People, and our Posterity. The U.S. has fallen to 20th internationally as a flawed democracy. Only about 20 percent of the People trust Congress. Many in Congress and the Executive Branch of government are already members or associates of the Oligarchy.

Corruption 

If you feel this overstates the Problem, look through the references. The most recent is by a sitting U.S. Senator’s 2017 book “Captured” (eBook). A 2014 10-minute Oligarch-Inc video summarizes the indisputable evidence. You will find that the corruption and dysfunction in Congress and the insatiable greed of the Oligarchs are truly frightening. They have destroyed the American Dream. Unless something is done, the Oligarchy will steadily increase their wealth and power. The People will lose more prosperity and freedom. An American Nightmare will be our legacy to our Posterity.

This website describes in detail how the People can solve and reverse these huge problems if they wish. And they can do it constitutionally, permanently, peacefully, realistically, and overcome the intense opposition of the Oligarchy and Congress.

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Problem

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. The Supreme Court even made the Problem worse by two decisions (Citizens United and McCutcheon), which authorize unlimited and untraceable funds to support the Oligarchy’s candidates. Politics cannot solve this type of Problem because Congress is so obligated to the Oligarchy, and it hardly matters which party is in power.

However, even though Oligarchs love them, wealth and capitalism are not part of the Problem because they are vital also to the People’s economic success.

The States have the power to solve some problems by repeated Article V Amendments as envisaged by the Founders (Fed. 43Fed. 85). But in 240 years, the States have not once enforced Article V.

The situation is likely to deteriorate. The Oligarchy strengthens and extends its power in Congress, State Legislatures, Presidential Cabinet, and the Supreme Court. It punishes defectors. For example, if an elected official does not obey the Oligarchy, at the next election the Oligarchy will select and finance another, and ensure loss by the first. This threat alone usually ensures compliance. It explains things like lockstep voting; and votes that to the People appear irrational or unconscionable.

Today, 6 giant companies control 90 percent of media.
6 Giants: 90% of Media

In 1983, 50 companies controlled 90 percent of US media. Today, 6 giant companies control 90 percent of media. They work steadily to make the People fearful and compliant. This is a key for Oligarchic control and a prerequisite for Authoritarianism.

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

Our Congress neglects the many examples of serious and harmful problems appearing below, but the People want and need solutions. The central big Problem is that most of these problems will currently average about 10 to 20 years for any resolution – well over 100 years to consider just these problems:

Solution

A very successful Solution to the Problem was discovered just once in all of history.

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. This gamechanger process is fast enough to clear the backlog of problems and keep up with the speed of Oligarchy mischief. It is a Solution enabling multiple problems that are beyond Congressional capability, to be solved concurrently over just a few years.

The ancient Athenian city-state invented this system: it was a total gamechanger. Athenian citizens called it democracy. It proved so successful that in 186 years Athenian culture 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.

Direct Initiatives Grand Jury Qualifying Assembly – a Gamechanger Solution
IQA Uses Theater, Circular, or Hall

The Athenian Solution is feasible today. If the ancient Athenian citizens could do it 2,500 years ago, surely we can do it today! Even if with a little difficulty.

A 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.

Athenian citizens called a proposed solution “probouleumata”; we call it a Direct Initiative. Athenian voters 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, with many safeguards including a repeal safeguard. The IQA is well designed and large enough to manage itself and make wise decisions. 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. The Oligarchs cannot bribe because the Grand Jury is too large a risk, strongly protected from tampering; penalties penetrate corporate shields and include mandatory jail. The initiative system provides the cure for Citizen frustration. Long-term issues can be addressed because no one is running for election.

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. It continues our United States’ great experiment in government, perhaps even reestablishing our world  leadership that Oligarchy destroys.

How Do the People Propose Initiatives and Approve Them?
Who Controls the IQA?

Campaign

Campaign

The Campaign 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.

As a first campaign step, the People should oblige State Legislators, Congresspersons (for insurance), and all 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.Campaign for States to call a Limited Article V Convention to Propose the Initiatives Amendment

Initiatives

The People value initiatives, They are used in 24 States, many cities, and counties. Direct Constitutional Initiatives are available in 16 States, potentially enabling the Solution to be added to each State’s Constitution, giving it permanence and authority. In another 8 States, Legislative Initiatives are powerful, but can usually be revised by the State Legislature. Combined, they represent 63 percent of the States needed to ratify a U.S. Initiatives Amendment.

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. Draft examples of the Campaign Representatives’ Pledge, State Initiatives, State Referendums, and State Legislation are included in this website.

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. An organization will be needed in each State to interface with their State Legislatures.

As of early 2017, there are indications that the Oligarchy want their Congress to call a Constitutional Convention between elections. They can pursue this covertly using their dark money in Congress and the States to set the agenda. It increases the urgency of an Initiatives Amendment and may encourage philanthropists to help. The Peoples’ options to resist Oligarchy’s expansion between elections are primarily marches, mass meetings, public disobedience, and riot.

Finally,since nothing new is absolutely assured of success, the Initiatives Amendment is automatically and gracefully repealed after 10 and 20 years unless the People reaffirm their desire to keep it.

How is an Amendment Approved from Start to Ratification?

How Can States Avoid Article V 2nd Method Pitfalls?

Benefits

Benefits of Ratifying the Initiatives Amendment

The Benefits are that this single Initiatives Amendment authorizes Direct Initiatives providing Solutions for many current congressional and constitutional problems that Congress cannot solve and for other problems that will arise in the future. For example:

  • Direct Initiatives can pass Congressional Legislative solution.

    The Benefits are that this single Initiatives Amendment authorizes Direct Initiatives providing Solutions for many congressional and constitutional problems that Congress cannot solve.
    Supreme Court

  • Direct Initiatives can also apply for a Constitutional Amendment, and a second Direct Initiative can ratify the Amendment.
  • Indirect Initiatives may go directly to Congress if Congressional opposition is unlikely, saving the People the time and effort; if Congress does not concur, it can be elevated to a Direct Initiative.
  • Advisory Initiatives may lead to Solutions that cannot be found any other way for complex problems where the People must compromise.

(See one-page schematic of how it works.)

This single Initiatives Amendment Solution provides an effective, relatively quick, and inexpensive method for resolving a great many problems. It is the reason we should go to all the trouble, effort, and cost of passing the Initiatives Amendment.

For many advocates of solutions to many dozens of problems, their chances of achieving their government reform goals were virtually zero no matter how fierce their advocacy. With the Initiatives Solution, they have an effective way to publish their case for consideration by the IQA, which may after very careful consideration find that it ranks among the very best and most worthy, and eventually advance their Initiative for vote by all the People at a Federal Election.

Defining problems that this Initiatives Amendment Solution runs the risk of simultaneously creating some antagonists about specific wording or meaning. The more problem examples offered, the more antagonists. Moreover, the authors of this list are nowhere near the problem-solving quality of the best nationwide expert teams. However, we must risk antagonism to illustrate some of the range this website’s Solution can achieve.The following are some conceptual examples of problems that  the People may solve by Initiatives:
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