The purpose of this State Referendum supporting a 2nd Method Limited Article V Constitutional Convention for a U.S. Constitutional Initiatives Amendment, is to provide the People with on-going Direct Initiative power to correct and override their Government when it becomes misrepresentative, ineffective, or corrupt. It authorizes some direct democracy by the People using nationwide initiatives based on the Athenian initiative system.
This U.S. Constitutional Amendment must define the Initiative process in sufficient detail to deny Congress the ability to subvert it. Therefore, this Amendment must be precise, complete, and relatively long.
A State-Initiated Referendum is available in every State. It the consummate way to process the U.S. Initiatives Amendment because it compellingly unites:
- the State’s U.S. Constitutional Authority to call for a Constitutional Convention of the States by the 2nd Method,
- with the absolute Right and Duty of the People to alter their Government. Also:
- the moral position of the Legislators,
- because of the State benefits it can provide,
- as a result of Voters’ pressure using the Representatives’ Initiatives Amendment Pledge.
References incorporate two documents (Constitution Orders and Assembly Rules) because they are needed to enable the Amendment, but may later be repealed when the Amendment is in full effect.
The Draft anticipates and avoids potential problems in the amendment procedures that Congress has neglected to specify. It uses the US Constitution’s 2nd Method of amending, which does not require Congressional consent.
There are many reasons why this will benefit this State. However, its formal justification is based on the Congressional denial—in law or in principle—of the People’s constitutional rights under the Preamble and Article I Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.
Limited Article V Convention
State Referenda create “same subject” Limited Convention Amendment applications to Congress without risk of a Constitutional challenge that any State has violated Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 (powers prohibited of States)
This is currently an incomplete draft document (pending information from more States) subject to changes suggested by the People, for adoption by State Legislatures, and for proposal at a Limited Article V Convention of the States.
The impetus for a Referendum will rest mainly on the State’s view of Congressional performance and morality. It will also be strongly influenced over time by the actions of other States and by the effectiveness and status of the Initiatives Amendment Pledge.
This preface, article titles and numbers, and explanations are not part of the Referendum.