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)

Constitutional Amendments Enacted by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has enacted some judgements that carry the full weight, force, and impact of important Constitutional Amendments, and that Congress has evaded addressing.
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The Supreme Court has enacted some judgements that carry the full weight, force, and impact of important Constitutional Amendments that Congress has evaded addressing. This perverts our constitutional rights and can result in much unnecessary suffering by the People. A primary contributing factor is Congress’s unwillingness to propose Constitutional Amendments, preferring instead to shift responsibility to the unelected Supreme Court, constrained by historical legal precedents but not by the electorate’s preferences.

Moreover, it makes the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice by the President, with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, an event of colossal importance and causes the maximum exertion of the President and Senate. Some well-known exemplars of a Constitutional level of importance beyond the competence of those with purely legal experience are Roe v. Wade, Citizens United v FECMcCutcheon v. FEC, and Bush v. Gore; each has resulted in colossal national impact for better or worse.

The issues here are not the decisions themselves, but the failure of Congress to deal with the issues by Constitutional Amendments in a timely manner: it is a failure of Congressional leadership and courage. The Founding Fathers considered the Constitution a living document and to have expected many more amendments to the Constitution than have occurred. Instead, Congress has evaded their responsibilities.

It is the People’s Constitution. They have every right and obligation to assume the responsibilities that Congress has evaded for so long. The right to propose amendments and to ratify amendments  by Direct Constitutional Initiative is therefor included. As with other voting issues covered in this Initiatives Amendment, the People emulate their elected representatives voting the will of the People. Using this power, the People can perform the constitutional responsibilities that the Congress has so long evaded, and that by default the Supreme Court has been obliged to accommodate.

Of these examples, Roe v. Wade will probably require the greatest care to compromise and avoid radical infighting. Probably many will find the compromise not completely fulfilling, but it will be better than the bitter dissention that now exists. It will require one or more Advisory Initiatives. If an adequate solution can be found, an appropriate Initiative can be placed on the ballot. But there is no certainty that enough commonality and willing compromise exists for an appropriate solution on this issue and we will be left with Roe v. Wade mostly unchanged.