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)

Who Has Control of the IQA?

The People have control of the IQA as shown in the flow of control below:

The United States Constitution

The U.S. Constitution established by the People is the source of the IQA’s authority.

This constitutional Amendment specifies that the IQA shall be responsible to the People. It grants the IQA broad powers so that additional Amendments will not be needed each time new circumstances are encountered. However, an initial set of rules is adopted by the constitutional Amendment creating limits on these broad powers. This permits the IQA to have functioning Rules when it is first convened, but without access to more authority than it initially needs.

Part 1 Rules IQA Charter Rules that can only be changed by Direct Initiative passed by the Electorate

The Direct Initiative Rules can only be changed by Direct Initiative passed by the Electorate.

It is here that the People exercise their continuing high-level control over the IQA. For example, the People must approve any changes to: the IQA budget, its size, Members’ maximum term of service, method of selecting Members, Members’ remuneration, the maximum period of time that Congress may not overrule legislation passed by Direct Initiative, and the maximum number of Initiatives on the ballot.

Part 2 Rules IQA Bylaws that can only be changed by a two-thirds supermajority of the IQA

The Supermajority Rules help the IQA fine-tune its operations for maximum efficiency and effectiveness and define rules that should not be changed easily. For example, a supermajority must approve any changes to: content and format of Candidate Initiatives, discipline, the conditions for excusing those selected from serving as Members. Sometimes a Supermajority Rule places further constraint on a Direct Initiative Rule, for example, IQA Membership size.

Part 3 Rules IQA Rules that can be changed by a simple majority of the IQA

These Majority Rules take care of the day-to-day operations of the IQA. Sometimes a Majority Rule places further constraint on a Supermajority Rule.

Robert’s Rules of Order are incorporated here.