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)

4: Legislative Intent

The Legislature’s responsibilities to the people compel action. This State shall support a Citizens’ Initiatives Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The intent of this Initiative, Referendum, or Act is to start a constitutional process that could lead to Citizens’ Initiatives for change. Given the nature of the legislation, the State shall seek the people’s approval by initiative or referendum. If other states do likewise, referenda will also demonstrate the unity of the U.S. people and the States, bringing momentous constitutional authority to bear on any procedural disputes with Congress.

Explanation of Legislative Intent

Passage of this bill is only the start of a lengthy process towards a constitutional amendment. Though the States have not had a Convention since the one framing the current Constitution, any Article V Second Method procedural disputes will pitch Congress against both the States and the People. Theoretically, at least, the States and the People carry great constitutional weight.