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)

How Many Initiatives per Federal Election?

Initiatives per Federal Election

There is a limit on the number and complexity of Direct Initiatives per Federal Election that can be assimilated by the nationwide electorate during a federal election. About 12 Direct Initiatives and 12 Indirect Initiatives every two years is almost certainly sustainable without overloading the electorate and the IQA. Experience will adjust these numbers.

By comparison, the average number of bills passed by the 106th Congress (1999-2000) was 1,500 per two-years – roughly 100 times the number of Initiatives.

The average of all Initiatives in all States proposed between 1991 and 2000 was 78 per two-years. In the 2000 election there were 76 State Initiatives, the most were in Oregon with 18 and California with 12. Thus, the maximum quantity of direct democracy being planned by this Amendment is significantly:

  1. Less than one percent of the legislation produced in Congress.
  2. Less than a fifth of the initiatives generated in all the States.
  3. Less than the number of Initiatives in single States that use them most.

Certainly, this seems to qualify as an achievable number of nationwide direct initiatives. However, the impact of this planned Amendment should be greater than the above number of Direct Initiatives might suggest, because the nationwide Initiatives will be focused on important matters of long-term policy. Over a period of years their effect will be cumulative and considerable.