Initiatives v Oligarchy

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)

3.5: Assembly Self-Governing Rules

The Assembly shall be self-governing in accordance with its Rules. It shall have the obligation and right to sustain itself. It shall obtain approval to change its budget and Members’ remuneration by Direct Initiative. The U.S. Government shall deposit to the IQA’s account its total annual budget one month in advance of its initial convocation and each anniversary thereof.

If the annual budget in not available, the IQA shall have the power to borrow on the credit of the United States. If U.S. government sources are unavailable, this Amendment may be funded by philanthropic sources and the States.
The IQA shall be exempt from taxes or levies. The IQA may incorporate and dissolve in States of its choice. For legal action against them, this Amendment grants the IQA and its Members the same protections and immunities as Congress and congresspersons.

Explanation of Assembly Self-Governing Rules

Whereas Congress can change congressional rules, the rules constituting the IQA Charter requires Direct Initiative approval of the People. In this way, the People assume full control of the IQA and the Initiative process insofar as they do not violate the Constitution—government is not involved.

To give the Assembly a defined self-governing legal status, it can incorporate itself. However, litigation can breach corporate shields with relative ease, so the Members must have legal protection against potential personal attacks. Congressional protection has proved very adequate.

To cover the possibility that Congress fails to fund the Initiatives process, then the final source can be philanthropic funds and the States.