Koko signs: Even animals practice democracy! NY Times article
A “Plan B” when Congress doesn’t Represent
How we’re getting Better and NATIONAL Ballot Initiatives
Led by former US Senator Mike Gravel, the National Initiative empowers us to check and balance representatives, similar to ballot initiativesin 24 States, but at all levels from local to national and with major improvements. It gives us a “Plan B” whenever representatives don’t represent us. (Do torture, perpetual wars and debt, domestic spying and bailouts for the rich represent you??)
People tried to get this power from Congress, both in 1907 and 1977, with no success. Gravel adopted the Founders’ solution: rather than beg the existing 13 Legislatures to ratify the Constitution, the Founders had delegates of The People ratify the Constitution at the Constitutional Conventions. James Madison said “The people were in fact, the fountain of all power, and by resorting to them, all difficulties were got over.”(His 2nd response in the 1787 Debate)
Gravel now resorts to you to read and vote to ratify the National Initiative, to make real the promise of “government by the people.” The National Initiative consists of the brief Democracy Amendment and the more detailed Democracy Act.