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)

This State Endorses the Initiatives Amendment

Therefore, this State endorses ia Solution of the type described in the attached Planned Citizens’ Initiatives Constitutional Amendment with its two referenced documents, and incorporates them all herein by reference. If a sufficient number of other States do likewise, this State may attend meetings of State officials (as a State not Federal function) to coordinate a draft of a State-proposed constitutional Amendment based upon the referenced documents. If two-thirds (and preferably over three-fourths) of the States then concur with a single proposed U.S. Constitutional Amendment, this State may support an application to Congress to call an Article V Convention, within a specified time from the date of the submission hereof to the Congress, to address only this proposed Amendment. This State’s application will avoid known pitfalls of the Second Method of proposing Amendments. Congress is constitutionally obliged to call said Article V Convention. If a Supreme Court challenge tries to delay or subvert this Amendment, this State may oppose the challenge. Before this state attends an Article V Convention, a state or city must have demonstrated that a IQA (i.e., initiative qualifying assembly) is practical. This State may vote to urge that the Article V Convention adopt the Amendment. The Amendment will then return to the States, and this State Legislature may ratify the Amendment or may call a State Convention to ratify it, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress. If and when three-fourths of the State have ratified the Amendment, it will become part of the U.S. Constitution.

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