Reasons Why States Should Support the U.S. Citizens’ Ballot Initiatives Constitutional Amendment Download from: http://www.InitiativesAmendment.org/downloads.htm. Formats available: Adobe PDF and Word DOC Sep. 10, 2008 Copyright © 2003-2008 Citizens for U.S. Direct Initiatives, All Rights Reserved http://www.InitiativesAmendment.org http://www.cusdi.org Page 1 of 12
Previous sections this Plan have established that:
1. The U.S. Congress tolerates critical Problems that seriously harm the People. Excessive influences by special interests are dysfunctional and the primary cause of the Problems. Moreover, Congress exacerbates two major violations of the Constitution.
2. The only effective Solution is oversight by nationwide Citizens’ Initiatives. The People can trust only themselves to correct these Problems. Any lesser solution will ultimately fail.
3. A Constitutional Amendment is the only way to implement the Solution. There is no expectation that Congress can act against its members’ personal benefits and propose the Amendment by the first method. As planned by the Founding Fathers in the U.S. Constitution, the People place their faith in their State Legislatures to use the second method of proposing the Amendment.
If the reader believes that the preceding sections are essentially correct, the next step is to determine if the second method is feasible. The major question is will enough State Legislatures support the Amendment.
Procrastination is a very dangerous option lest our republic descends into irreversible surrogate plutocracy—i.e., wealthy special interests have the supreme power and arrange the continual reelection of representatives who govern as their surrogates. Madison warned about procrastination with the words “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
The States should find their constitutional obligations and their benefits to be compelling reasons to support the Plan. Polls show the People’s support by a large majority.
The current Problems have many components. However, to focus on constitutional issues, two problems are clear violations of the U.S. Constitution: Congress denies the People’s constitutional rights that Government must promote the general welfare (original meaning: well-being, health, happiness, prosperity) of the People and Congress denies the People their constitutional right to choose their congressional representatives. Both issues are clearly dysfunctional: they are contrary to the Constitution’s intended functions of Congress. The discussion below addresses key issues of state support.
U.S. Constitution Requires State Legislators’ Support