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)

No One Believed

“Representation is made necessary only because it is impossible for the people to act collectively.” (Madison Debates June 6, 1787)

“All power is originally in the people; and should be exercised by them in person, if that could be done with convenience, or even with little difficulty.…But in large states, the people cannot assemble together…they must act by their representatives.” (James Wilson)