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

Reason for this Website

An Oligarchy of corporations and wealthy individuals created corruption in the Congress of the People, which has conceded our Democratic Republic to them.
Our Democratic Republic is Now an Oligarchy

An Oligarchy of huge corporations and vastly wealthy individuals (many international), aided by their hordes of lobbyists and think-tank fronts, have used their money and influence to create intolerable systemic corruptiondysfunction, and waste in Congress.

The People have defended governance of, by, and for the people with our lives, blood, and sweat, believing our founding constitutional promise of a Democratic Republic. Most Members of Congress have violated that promise and their congressional oath by conceding to overrule by the Oligarchy.

Congress, the People’s branch of government, has betrayed its fundamental Constitutional obligations to promote the general Welfare, the Liberty of the People, and our Posterity. Only about 20 percent of the People trust Congress. The U.S. has fallen to 20th internationally as a flawed democracy. If you doubt all this, look at just three of the website’s 280 references: a 10-min. video, a 5-min. video, and an insider’s eBook by a sitting U.S. Senator.

This website details a feasible solution that will reverse the Oligarchs’ takeover; see Problem, Solution, Campaign, Benefits, FAQ, and Amendment.

Reason for this Website

An Oligarchy of corporations and wealthy individuals created corruption in the Congress of the People, which has conceded our Democratic Republic to them.
Our Democratic Republic is Now an Oligarchy

An Oligarchy of huge corporations and vastly wealthy individuals (many international), aided by their hordes of lobbyists and think-tank fronts, have used their money and influence to create intolerable systemic corruptiondysfunction, and waste in Congress.

The People have defended governance of, by, and for the people with our lives, blood, and sweat, believing our founding constitutional promise of a Democratic Republic. Most Members of Congress have violated that promise and their congressional oath by conceding to overrule by the Oligarchy.

Congress, the People’s branch of government, has betrayed its fundamental Constitutional obligations to promote the general Welfare, the Liberty of the People, and our Posterity. Only about 20 percent of the People trust Congress. The U.S. has fallen to 20th internationally as a flawed democracy. If you doubt all this, look at just three of the website’s 280 references: a 10-min. video, a 5-min. video, and an insider’s eBook by a sitting U.S. Senator.

This website details a feasible solution that will reverse the Oligarchs’ takeover; see Problem, Solution, Campaign, Benefits, FAQ, and Amendment.

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Problem has Deteriorated Past Government’s Ability to Fix

This 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.

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. 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. Nevertheless, this is the only toehold the People have to limit Oligarchy as shown below.

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 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 issues whose potential solutions appear under Benefits from the Solution below. In fact, without the Solution below, these issues would each take 10 to 20 years each to solve by constitutional amendments, and most would be ignored.

Solution Uses Internet and Air-travel Gamechangers

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 game-changer 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; today we would call it direct 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 travel are total gamechangers! The people can benefit from direct democracy in a large nation for the first time in history.

Solution is to use direct democracy for the people to vote on direct initiatives selected by a large grand jury – this is a gamechanger.
IQA Uses Theater, Circular, or Hall

The Athenian Solution is feasible today. If the ancient Athenian citizens could do it 2,500 years ago, we can surely 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 is Direct Democracy; it emulates congress voting the People’s instructions.

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.

Our republican form of government will continue unabated, except that the People will have the on-going power of direct democracy 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 for Amendment Proposed by Congress or by Limited Convention

It is recognized that the Initiatives Amendment presented on this website is an early draft that requires substantial expert review and revision before submittal to States, and then limited to a few pioneering States so State feedback can be incorporated. It is possible that other organizations will assist or form a coalition to include CUSDI Inc. since the magnitude of the task is far beyond the capabilities of an ordinary nonprofit corporation.

Campaign for States to call a Limited Article V Convention to Propose the Initiatives Amendment

The Two Article V Options

In all previous State Applications to Congress for an Article V Amendment, whenever the number of State applications has approached or reached two thirds, Congress has itself deemed it necessary, created a Proposed Amendment, and proposed it to the States for ratification. This has ensured that the wording is acceptable to Congress and preempts any need that Congress shall call a Constitutional Convention of the States (limited or not).

First Method Option

In the case of this Initiatives Amendment, it is unlikely that Congress will follow its historic process due to the Amendment’s ability to create limits on Congressional perquisites, constrain Oligarchy, etc. Thus, we must be prepared to use either Article V method, with the second as the more certain to avoid downfall in Congress. We therefore focus on the second method because it offers more certainty and can easily default to the first method if Members of Congress recognizes the extent of its own failure to resist Oligarchy and act honorably to Propose the Imitative Amendment to the States for ratification.

Second Method Option

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.

This Campaign assumes total opposition from Oligarchy and Congress. The Constitution requires only one essential action by Congress:  Article V states “The Congress…on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments…”. “The words of this article are peremptory. The Congress shall call a convention.” Federalist 85.

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.

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, though a State Initiative in at least one State may apply directly to Congress. 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.

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 from Initiatives Amendment Solution

The Benefits are that this single Initiatives Amendment authorizes Direct Initiatives that provide Solutions to numerous Problems now and in the future; congressional and constitutional problems that Congress cannot solve. About 15 problem examples that Initiatives can solve, and which Congress cannot solve, are shown in detail below.

This single Initiatives Amendment Solution provides an effective, relatively quick, and comparatively inexpensive method for resolving numerous problems and it is the only way to permanently restrain Oligarchy or worse.

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 after very careful consideration may find that it ranks among the very best and most worthy, and advance their Initiative for vote by all the People at Federal Elections.
For example:

The Benefits are that this single Initiatives Amendment authorizes Direct Initiatives providing Solutions for many congressional and constitutional problems that Congress cannot solve.
Do What’s Right!

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

(See some examples of specific problems that only the People can solve:)