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)

Federal Function

“…{T}he function of a state legislature in ratifying a proposed amendment to the Federal Constitution…is a federal function derived from the Federal Constitution; and it transcends any limitations sought to be imposed by the people of a State” (Leser v. Garnett, 1922—but perhaps less so when imposed by the State Constitution).