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4.1: Implementation of Initiatives Amendment by Government Actions

The Congress, the President, the Courts, and the States shall have power and are hereby ordered to enforce implementation of this article by appropriate legislation, executive authority, judgment, and action. They shall implement expeditiously and cooperatively the intentions of this Amendment and as described by the documents “Government Actions” and “IQA Rules” that are hereby incorporated by reference.

They shall convene the IQA within one year of this Amendment’s ratification whether or not all the intentions of this Amendment have been met. If a first branch of government fails its obligation while a second has the ability, then the second shall exercise that power.

These obligations shall continue upon successor Congresses, Presidents, Courts, and States until the People by Direct Initiative affirm that the intentions of this Amendment have been satisfied; until this affirmation, the Federal Courts shall have jurisdiction and responsibility by court order to enforce compliance with this Constitutional Amendment, and continuing failure to comply shall be sedition and punishment shall include time in prison.

 

Explanation of Implementation of Initiatives Amendment by Government Actions

Implementation details are not appropriate in the Constitution’s and are therefore in a reference document – the Constitution can do this because it is the supreme document setting its own precedents. These Government Actions can never be sufficiently precise to ensure absolute compliance. In the event that a recalcitrant Congress, President, Courts, or States should fail their obligations, these obligations shall fall upon other branches that can fulfill the obligations in full or in part, or shall fall upon their successors. This will permit the People to use their electoral vote to enforce compliance. Although the Amendment requires governments’ cooperation, the IQA can always remedy any defects by Initiative—its initial convocation should take place on time despite any defect or reason.