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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)

Initiative Type

The IQA shall review what initiative type has been submitted (Direct, Indirect or Advisory), and may suggest revision of their preference to the authors. Preference may change as required to meet the prevailing circumstances:

  1. Direct. The Direct Initiative is the fundamental power of the People. If there is not reason to expect that Congress will cooperate on an Indirect Initiative, then a Direct Initiative shall be used.
  2. Indirect. When Congressional cooperation can be expected and Congress appears to have assured consensus, an Indirect Initiative shall be used in preference to a Direct Initiative. The Indirect method has the advantage of assisting integration into the U.S. legislative and budgeting structure. Subsequently the IQA shall determine, or use a Poll or Advisory Initiative to determine, if Congress has met the intentions of the People as expressed in the Indirect Initiative. If it has not, then the IQA may use a Direct Initiative to remedy the situation.
  3. Advisory. If a poll will not suffice and the will of the People is not clear on some important issue or if common ground is not obvious, then an Advisory Initiative shall be used to determine if it is possible to develop a subsequent Direct or Indirect Initiative with assurance.

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