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Our Founders' Warning: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)

“Unless the mass retains sufficient control over those entrusted with the powers of their government, these will be perverted to their own oppression, and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the individuals and their families selected for the trust.” (Thomas Jefferson). Clearly, the Founders did not trust elected representatives not to abuse their office to pursue their personal wealth and repeated reelection. But the People have ignored our Founders’ wisdom.

Oligarchy -- a broken CongressConsequently, our Democratic Republic has now become a ruling Oligarchy of huge corporations and vastly wealthy individuals, aided by hordes of lobbyists, non-profit fronts, hidden dark money, and Oligarchs’ media. They use their wealth and resources to select and buy candidates’ loyalty, fund their campaigns, dictate their votes; creating intolerable systemic corruption, spreading big lie propaganda, causing lock-step dysfunction, wasting the Nation’s physical and human resources. Congress now represents Oligarchs not the People.

The U.S., not long ago clearly the world leader, has fallen to 21st amongst nations, and is today classified as a flawed democracy. A 10-min. video and a Senator’s eBook “Captured” illustrate the current situation.

The Founders included a Constitutional solution. “We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.” (Alexander Hamilton). The People have the power to demand that States take this necessary action.

Switzerland, ancient Athens, and 24 U.S. States faced similar problems and came up with an excellent solution. It grants the People’s right to propose legislation by Initiatives, comment in public and Internet, debate and winnow in an Initiatives Qualifying Assembly, and then to vote on them directly at Federal elections. Both Switzerland and Athens thrived; Initiative States have done well too. None have ever revoked their Initiative rights. The scope and size of U.S. Federal legislation requires a professional government, but it takes only a few Initiatives a year to restrain corruption and Oligarchy (domestic or foreign).

To constrain Oligarchy now and for the future, the People through their States must add Initiatives to the U.S. Constitution, while retaining a republican form of Government. This can and must be accomplished without any support from a Congress beholden to Oligarchs, too corrupt, and untrustworthy.

The availability of initiatives in 24 States out of the 34 States needed to apply, and 38 States needed to ratify, a U.S. Constitutional Amendment, provides crucial power to bypass Congress. It permits concentration of the People’s resources to focus on convincing and demanding at least 14 of the 28 non-initiative States to submit their amendment applications. After the Amendment is ratified by a Limited Convention of the States, followed by a one-year implementation period, the People will have the direct power to limit OligarchyA draft of the practical details to achieve this are presented in this website.

Without U.S. Initiative power, the People gamble that the Oligarchs and Congress will benignly reform themselves; but history predicts this is a futile hope. The People will have only themselves to blame as they and their children lose their freedoms and security.

Our Founders in their wisdom gave us a Constitutional solution. But to date, we as a nation have not shown the courage and patriotism to follow our Founders’ wisdom and the leadership of our 24 initiative States. “As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived, it seems strictly consonant to the republican theory to recur to the same original authority [the People]… whenever it may be necessary to enlarge, diminish, or new-model the powers of government.” (James Madison)

Quick Answers to Some Obvious Questions:

“Unless the mass retains sufficient control over those entrusted with the powers of their government, these will be perverted to their own oppression, and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the individuals and their families selected for the trust.” (Thomas Jefferson). Clearly, the Founders did not trust elected representatives not to abuse their office to pursue their personal wealth and repeated reelection. But the People have ignored our Founders’ wisdom.

Oligarchy -- a broken CongressConsequently, our Democratic Republic has now become a ruling Oligarchy of huge corporations and vastly wealthy individuals, aided by hordes of lobbyists, non-profit fronts, hidden dark money, and Oligarchs’ media. They use their wealth and resources to select and buy candidates’ loyalty, fund their campaigns, dictate their votes; creating intolerable systemic corruption, spreading big lie propaganda, causing lock-step dysfunction, wasting the Nation’s physical and human resources. Congress now represents Oligarchs not the People.

The U.S., not long ago clearly the world leader, has fallen to 21st amongst nations, and is today classified as a flawed democracy. A 10-min. video and a Senator’s eBook “Captured” illustrate the current situation.

The Founders included a Constitutional solution. “We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.” (Alexander Hamilton). The People have the power to demand that States take this necessary action.

Switzerland, ancient Athens, and 24 U.S. States faced similar problems and came up with an excellent solution. It grants the People’s right to propose legislation by Initiatives, comment in public and Internet, debate and winnow in an Initiatives Qualifying Assembly, and then to vote on them directly at Federal elections. Both Switzerland and Athens thrived; Initiative States have done well too. None have ever revoked their Initiative rights. The scope and size of U.S. Federal legislation requires a professional government, but it takes only a few Initiatives a year to restrain corruption and Oligarchy (domestic or foreign).

To constrain Oligarchy now and for the future, the People through their States must add Initiatives to the U.S. Constitution, while retaining a republican form of Government. This can and must be accomplished without any support from a Congress beholden to Oligarchs, too corrupt, and untrustworthy.

The availability of initiatives in 24 States out of the 34 States needed to apply, and 38 States needed to ratify, a U.S. Constitutional Amendment, provides crucial power to bypass Congress. It permits concentration of the People’s resources to focus on convincing and demanding at least 14 of the 28 non-initiative States to submit their amendment applications. After the Amendment is ratified by a Limited Convention of the States, followed by a one-year implementation period, the People will have the direct power to limit OligarchyA draft of the practical details to achieve this are presented in this website.

Without U.S. Initiative power, the People gamble that the Oligarchs and Congress will benignly reform themselves; but history predicts this is a futile hope. The People will have only themselves to blame as they and their children lose their freedoms and security.

Our Founders in their wisdom gave us a Constitutional solution. But to date, we as a nation have not shown the courage and patriotism to follow our Founders’ wisdom and the leadership of our 24 initiative States. “As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived, it seems strictly consonant to the republican theory to recur to the same original authority [the People]… whenever it may be necessary to enlarge, diminish, or new-model the powers of government.” (James Madison)

Quick Answers to Some Obvious Questions:

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Problem has Deteriorated Past Government’s Ability to Remedy

The Founders expected frequent problems requiring amendments, in their lifetime producing the first 12 amendments in 16 years, a rate of one every 16 months. Since then, Congress has produced only 15 amendments (some trivial, one reversed) in 194 years, a rate of one every 13 years. U.S. abolition of slavery took a civil war to ratify; women’s vote took 72 years to ratify.Contrary to the Founders’ intentions, Congress clearly finds responsibility for Constitutional Amendments to be a most inconvenient and undesirable burden. Consequently, in many cases, Congress has laxly deferred to the Supreme Court to produce legal decisions that are equivalent to Constitutional Amendments, e.g., Citizens United v. FECRoe v. Wade, Miranda v. ArizonaMcCutcheon v. FEC, etc. Reversal of such decisions generally requires a Constitutional Amendment because it is nearly impossible for the Supreme Court to legally justify reversals. (more…)

Solution was Anticipated by, and Desirable to the Founders, but Infeasible at that Time

“[A legislature] … should be an exact portrait, in miniature, of the people at large, as it should feel, reason and act like them” (John Adams, 1776)
 “The People were, in fact, the fountain of all power, and by resorting to them, all difficulties were got over. They could alter constitutions as they pleased.” (James Madison, 1787)
 “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.”  (George Washington, 1796)

It all depends on who you trust for critical decisions by your Government:

  1. Congress alone, often following Oligarchs’ orders, OR
  2. Congress supplemented by the People making a few crucial decisions independent of Oligarchs influence.

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Campaign for Amendment Proposed by Congress or by Limited Convention

“…the persons delegated to the administration of the national government will always be disinclined to yield up any portion of the authority of which they were once possessed.” (Alexander Hamilton, 1788)
“The words of this article [V] are peremptory. The Congress “shall call a convention.” Nothing in this particular is left to the discretion of that body. And of consequence, all the declamation about the disinclination to a change vanishes in air.…” (Alexander Hamilton, 1788)

It is recognized that the Initiatives Amendment presented on this website is an early draft that requires substantial expert review and revision before the campaign to submit it to the 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. (more…)

Benefits from Initiatives Amendment Solution

The Benefits are that this single Initiatives Amendment authorizes Direct U.S. Initiatives by the People that can provide legislative and constitutional Solutions to numerous Problems that Congress cannot solve. 

About 20 examples of benefits for major issues that Initiatives may solve, and which Congress cannot or will not solve, are shown below. Under today’s Constitution it would take over 200 years to deal with these issues; after the amendment, it will take only a few years to start serious debate and potential resolution of many these and other major issues: (more…)