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)

Article 1 Section 2

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature… (This original right of the People to choose their representatives has been extended by Amendments 12, 15, 17 and 19 to cover the Senate, President and Vice President, and not to deny any citizen on the basis of race, color, previous condition of servitude, or sex.)