note: i know i’ve mentioned this before, but here’s a nice FYI from Our Lady Democracy RE: the NIfD.
What is the National Initiative?
AMERICA DOES NOT HAVE A GOVERNMENT “BY THE PEOPLE”
The United States of America is not, in fact, a democracy. In a democracy, the people are the government. Today, we elect people to run the government for us. The people we elect do not, for the most part, run the country in the interest of the people, they run it in the interest of themselves. We are led to believe that we must put our trust in these people. We, the people, do not have the power to create laws in our interest. This leads to an extreme imbalance of power in the government versus the people.
With the National Initiative’s enactment, the American People will experience the responsibility of legislating and governing themselves directly, the benefits of which will bring about greater civic maturity. The National Initiative does not alter the existing structure of representative governments; however, it does add an additional check, the People, to our system of Checks and Balances. Bringing the People into the legislative operations of government sets up a working partnership with the People and their elected legislative representatives.
The ideological foundation of the National Initiative rests on the belief that the constituent power of the People is sovereign and the American People can govern themselves as they see fit in pursuit of their happiness and the general welfare. George Washington put it best: The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
You can best equip yourself to help network your friends by investigating the subjects below and following their links (which are repeated in the left margin of the following pages) to learn more about:
The National Initiative For Democracy: A description of the National Initiative
The Democracy Amendment: Full text of the proposed amendment to the United States Constitution.
The Democracy Act: Full text of the proposed federal statute establishing procedures for the Legislature of the People.
Parrish Report: A more easily readable description of the National Initiative
Rationale: Why we need the National Initiative.
First Principles: The philosophical foundation of the National Initiative.
Partnership In Democracy: How the Legislature of the People, working in partnership with our elected legislators, overcomes the flaws of a purely representative democracy while retaining its benefits.
Constitutionality: The legal foundation of the National Initiative.
Action Plan: The plan of action to enact the National Initiative