of Legitimacy of the American Government have been Violated
Our guarantee of democratic institutions has been
Our guarantees of individual rights and protections have been violated
Our guarantees of a limited and checked government have been violated
The powers derived from violating our Constitution have been used to commit
crimes against domestic and international Law
legitimacy was based on four simple Constitutional principals:
First, our government's powers are specifically limited. There are Powers and Actions prohibited to the Government. Ours is a government of specific limits.
Second, the power and authorities granted to government are interlocked between the branches, to deny arbitrary authority to any part of the government. No branch can use their limited authority independently, without the cooperation and approval of the other two.
people's rights are specifically named. The people have unalienable
rights that may not be taken away.
Fourth, the government rises by election by the people of each state. It is a
The politicians of both parties, and their operatives in our government have openly, and knowingly, violated all of these principals.
This government is illegitimate
Congress and the President have failed to hold themselves, or each other, within the checks and balances on political power demanded by the Constitution
Congress has not declared war, and armies are in the field.
We are neither in Rebellion, nor invaded, and Congress has suspended habeas corpus. Congress has violated the Fourth Amendment. Congress, with the Military Commissions Act of 2006, has aided and abetted the President's use of unchecked, illegal police state powers within, and outside the country.
The President has violated the Constitutional restraints on his duties as Commander in Chief, and has presumed to write the rules of war, which are reserved solely to Congress. The President has written rules of war that allow his to Kidnap, Illegally "detain," and Torture based on nothing more than his word.
The President has violated his Constitutionally mandated role in the legislative process, which requires he sign a bill, or refuse to sign a bill, whereupon he returns it to Congress. The President, by claiming the power to alter Congressional legislation with "signing statements" has proclaimed that he is above the power of Congress, may write in his own legislation in a Congressional law, and creates, rather than obeys the rule of law itself.
The President has repeatedly and with criminal intent violated the 4th Amendment and virtually every law passed to protect this vital right. Congress' aiding and abetting these crimes makes them an accessory before and after the crimes.
The interlocked powers of Congress and the President, designed to prevent arbitrary authority, are now joined together to create and justify all strains of illegal and arbitrary authority.
The branches of our government have failed to hold each other in check, under the limits defined by the Constitution.
Our President and Congress have conspired to deny Americans both their political, as well as their civil rights.
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The first step to restoring the government's duty to check, rather than magnify the political power of wealth, and contain those who lust for power, hinges on our ability to restore our free democratic elections.
As long as our government continues to feed at the trough of bribery, it will continue to ignore all its duties, except to serve those who fill the trough.
Our goal is to pull the heads of these pigs out of the trough of corruption, and force them to face their electors, rather than their bribers.
Out tool for this great goal is the political reform Initiative of 2008, which we will be happy to pass by 2010. As our democracy has been intentionally smashed by vicious greed, it will take some time to grow and spread the democratic principals required to repair the damages.
We need to get the word out that our democracy and our rights are worth fighting for. Not against Osama, and the other fake enemies the corporate politicians are trying to scare us with, but against our true enemies, the domestic traitors within who have subverted our Constitution, captured our government, and stolen as much of our wealth and power as they can.
If our democratic information and education efforts are highlighted by the economic and military meltdown our corporate fascist government is brewing up, we will have a good chance of restoring our Constitution and democratic republic peacefully.
We will only deserve to get our democracy back when enough citizens come together and demand that our democracy be run and funded by the people, rather than the politicians and corporations.
Join us in our quest for democracy. Our initiative is the first shot in a long war to recapture our country from its corporate overlords. Ending political bribery in
California is a big first step, requiring a lot of principal, work, and luck. But restoring our democracy is preferable to walking quietly down the path of subjugation that too many of us are willing to walk.
Stopping bribery is not as simple as it seems, considering that most Americans have been trained to buy everything, including their rights.
Prohibits all contributions from any
source other than citizens qualified to vote in the elections they
Individuals and groups
will continue to contribute to parties, and parties will continue to
fund candidates using this outside money. Our initiative deals with this fact by limiting
a candidates total collection of party funds to 30% of the total
amount the candidate collects from their own constituents.
Again, Join the Fight for Democracy
Help us restore the
democratic link between the people and their representatives. Help
us establish a proper balance between our free speech rights, and
the right of every voter to elect their own representatives. Help us
end the use of free speech rights as a cover for bribing our
politicians, and stealing our elections.
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Our politicians' bosses
are the special interests, not their local voters. Their dependence
on special interests assures “our” politicians serve the
interests of their bribers before their voters, or the welfare of
the state. Voters no longer control the politicians, nor do our
needs influence their legislation.
Our corruption has
spawned a flood of problems: bad leadership, horrible legislation,
and an ethical breakdown across all branches of government. Our schools, roads, jails, hospitals and bridges have fallen apart while
our Corporate Bosses have pocketed the record profits generated by social irresponsibility fueled by political corruption.
Our middle-class, and our democracy, has been
brought to its knees.
Bribed politicians reward
their bribers with profits that come at the cost of our lives,
threatening the safety of Americans on our highways, in our houses,
at the pharmacy and at work. These profits represent blood money
payoffs for bribes, funded by looting our infrastructure, gutting
public safety, and robbing our treasury.
INITIATIVE RESTORES THE VOTER AS THE SOURCE OF POLITICAL POWER
Our initiative breaks the
financial link between the politicians and the special interests.
The biggest contributors to politicians in California will shift
from the special interests to the local voters.
Our Initiative will restore
the primacy of the voter in selecting candidates, and electing
representatives. This will completely change the nature and
character of our Assembly and Senate from corrupted hacks to honest citizens, as our Constitution intended.
Stopping the bribery masked as "contributions" is the greatest stride we can take to restore our
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Because this is the greatest challenge any generation of American has yet faced. If average citizens from
across the political spectrum can't get together and clean up this
mess of corruption, it will not get done. Our democratic republic will continue its ugly fall into corporate fascism.
Only the people have the
capacity to change the terms of political victory from bribery to democracy. The politicians
and press mouth all the words of reform, but their words and deeds
do not match. And they are all owned by the same corporations. Their superficial reforms are designed to neutralize discontent, without neutralizing the corruption. Our politicians will do nothing to stop
special interests from showering them with bribes.
The terms of victory in
our elections is money. Corporate Money. This assures that the winners only real skill and qualification is selling themselves to the special interests. This
assures us that our leaders skill sets feature prostituting
themselves for money, and the mastery of professional lying skills.
through bribery are incapable of solving the problems their
corruptions have created. They are equally incapable of reforming
the system that created them. Only the citizens can fix our polity
to produce the honest leadership we need to get us out of this mess.
Your help is vital.
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government, bad as it is here, has been worse around the world. To say we have acted anti-democratically around the world is a gross understatement.
The long series of coups,
dictators, and violence we have poured down upon resource-rich countries, and
countries that claimed their own sovereignty, was not an accident of
one administration, or one party, but is part of a long term pattern of
anti-democratic behavior reflecting the undemocratic character of
the greedy and corrupt special interests who control our government.
Prior to 9-11, American
Special Interests used our national power to pursue dominance of the
world's resources and economies. This was generally done through
quiet political, military, and economic support to tyrannical,
anti-democratic, regimes around the world.
Now, these proxies have
been put aside. Now, we are publicly claiming to have the authority
and right to wage “preemptive war,” without just cause.
We publicly claim the right to kidnap, torture, and imprison anyone,
without legal proceedings. What we did in the past, in secret,
through proxies, we are now doing in the open, ourselves. Our false
veil of democracy and human rights has fallen away, and the world
can clearly view the wretched face of our political tyranny and
Our best chance to avoid
serious international and domestic crisis is not to throw out the
corrupted leaders, only to replace them with the other party's equally corrupted hacks. To get real leaders we must get a real democracy.
Bringing our finest
leaders to bear on our problems is critical, but impossible, with
special interests controlling politics. Our system of political
bribery assures that honest people will run screaming from the
cesspool of corruption we call politics.
No good leaders can rise
out of our political structure to face our self-created crisis,
until the terms of political success in America require skills
and ethics of different than those of a con artist.
Only an honest democracy will draw and hold honest
people. Ethical individuals, who will not sell themselves to the
special interests, are excluded by the corruptions demanded to achieve
Our initiative will change the terms of political victory by
changing who funds, and therefore selects, the candidates. Our
initiative will allow us to select and elect decent leaders, rather than choosing among the corporate trash the parties put up.
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A New Political Age
Stopping bribery gives
local voters the power to determine who their candidates are. This
will institute a new political requirement: the candidates will be
forced to reflect the ethics and values of their community, rather
than the payoffs and policies the special interests pursue. Our
initiative will bring the political leadership out of our
communities that has been suppressed by the bribery and corruption that currently dominates politics.
Politicians will be
forced to compete for office based on how much local traction their
principals and positions generate among their own voters, rather
than how much special interest money they gather to con the voters.
This competition for
voter support will allow a very different type of leadership to
rise than we are getting now. We will experience something novel: Political leaders
capable of making law and policy uninfluenced by special interest
Ending bribery by the
special interests will not, it must not, eliminate the free speech
rights of the special interests. Under our initiative the power and
political influence of the special interests will no longer be a
function of their wealth and bribery, but of the strength of their
ideas argued across legitimate free speech forums.
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Not just the voice of Greed
Our goal is not to
preclude the voices of the special interests, of greed, from
politics. That is impossible. Our initiative only stops them from
bribing our politicians, manipulating our elections, and using
politics to achieve their narrow goals.
They are welcome to talk,
and petition our representatives all they want. Our initiative is
unique because it distinguishes between legitimate free speech and
petition acts, and bribery.
The test is simple. If
the petition, or speech act, contains a check, IT IS BRIBERY, and both the giver and the taker MUST GO STRAIGHT TO PRISON.
Our initiative moves the
special interests, and their politicians, from the financial and
legislative center of politics, to the financial and legislative
sidelines. Every member of a special interest group will enjoy their
right as a voter to contribute to candidates in the elections they
vote in, just like the rest of us. They will be able to speak to the
voters in other elections. But they will not be able to buy other
Our initiative will
restrict special interests from directly interfering in other
voters' elections, and prevent them from buying the local voters'
candidates or representatives, while preserving their right to free
Our initiative balances
the special interests to express their opinions to any, or all of
the voters, and petition their, or all of our politicians, with the
voters right to select their own candidacies, and elect their own
The Special interest
perspective can be informed and valuable. They must not be stopped
from exercising their due free speech rights in elections and the
legislative process. But they will no longer be permitted to buy
elections or bribe our politicians, as they now do.
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BRINGS CORRUPT LAWS
The character of our
legislature, and its legislation, reflects its source of power.
Power in our legislature comes from the special interests who fill
the politicians' campaign funds with cash.
Our legislature acts like
a herd of cattle stumbling from one feed trough of special interest
wealth and bribery to another. This herd serves its feedmasters, and
the manure they call legislation feeds the bribers. The whole
Legislature stinks worse than a feed lot.
Our initiative shifts the
source of political funding from the big money, to the voters. Our
initiative empties the trough of corruption. Our initiative will
give our legislature a democratic character, which assures that it
will craft legislation that better serves our general welfare, and
Being an American
demands that we occasionally confirm our democratic rhetoric with
democratic practices, as necessary. This is one of those times.
initiative reflects our forefathers' rejection of Aristocracy
Our country was born when
Revolutionaries declared that political legitimacy was derived from
the voters. Our legitimacy is based on democracy. The superficial
simplicity of democracy masks the difficulty of its application.
Since the Revolution, our
democracy has evolved, and expanded, with the times. Although the
application of democratic rights has expanded throughout our
history, our society has traveled from the farm to the mega-city
during our history.
The simple principal
of democracy has not made the trip with us.
A consequence of these
dramatic demographic and technological changes has been a massive
concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a very few. This
is not inherently bad, if the balance between our democratic rights
and freedoms, and the power of wealth, is preserved. It has not.
This vital balance of
power between the rights of the people, and the authority of wealth
has been lost. The democratic rights of the voter have been
effectively quashed, and their sovereignty lost, to what can be
called a corporate aristocracy, if not corporate fascism.
Our parties and
politicians have fallen under the control of this corporate
It is the responsibility
of this generation to evolve the application of our democratic
principals to offset the damages wrought by our demographic and
technological evolution, and end the special interest control of our
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ALL AMERICANS VS.
SPECIAL INTEREST PRIVILIDGE
All Americans possess the
freedom to assemble, to form
political associations, and petition our representatives. We
can use these rights to speak to the public, to the politicians, and
to our government.
ONLY THE VOTERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO SELECT THEIR OWN CANDIDATES, AND
ELECT THEIR OWN REPRESENTATIVES, AMONG THEMSELVES.
Wealth and power have
been used to inject undue influence into elections across the state,
damaging our democracy by displacing the influence of the voter on
their representative. Special interests have twisted their rights of
Assembly, Speech, and Petition into a weapon that has destroyed the
right of the voters to select and elect their own candidates.
REBALANCE OUR DEMOCRACY
TO REBALANCE THE COMPOSITION AND CHARACTER OF OUR LEGISLATURE
Our initiative will
balance the voters’ right to select their own candidates and
choose their own representatives, with the rights of the special
interests to assemble, speak and petition.
The Political Reform
Initiative of 2008 will stop the special interests from stealing the
voters' democratic right to control their elections. But the rights
of the special interests to assemble, speak and petition will not be
The special interests
have expertise that is vital to crafting good legislation. But they
have no legitimate right to make our political decisions for us, as
they do today. The Special Interests and politicians have set aside
our democracy, and the general welfare of our state, long enough to
significantly damage not just our democratic institutions, but the
infrastructure of our state.
replaced democratic principals and procedures, and limited the
influence of the voters, at all levels of our government. The voice
of the voters have almost been completely excluded, and the
mechanism balancing the various interests, our democracy, has been
broken in favor of the richest and most powerful special interests.
Our initiative will
reverse this. Our initiative will assure that the politicians are
elected by the people, rather than the special interests. Our
initiative will assure that the special interests are regulated by
government, rather than our government being regulated by the
Our initiative will give
California voters the power to put the wealth and influence of the
special interests into their proper place, as indirect participants
in our elections and the legislative process. Our initiative finds
the balance between the speech rights of all interests and the
franchise rights of the voter; the result will be better political
leaders who will have to consider a wide range of perspectives to be
politically successful. Our mechanism for balancing the various
interests, our democracy, will be repaired.
The example our system
sets for our citizens, and the world, is that American democracy,
and democracy in general, is a lie.
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MAINTAIN ILLIGITIMATE INFLUENCES OF BRIBERY
The reforms currently
being offered by our politicians, parties, and special interests,
including “clean money,” are almost worthless.
Each of these
so-called “reforms” preserves the special interests'
power to bribe the parties and politicians. Reforms which preserve
special interests' power to directly manipulate our elections and
politicians are not reforms.
Each of these “reforms”
does absolutely nothing to strike at the source of the corruption in
our democracy: special interest bribery. Our Initiative is unique. Our initiative targets the
Special interest bribery
initiative will return the voters’ right to choose
their own representatives among themselves. Special interests
will be able to speak to, but not participate in, our elections. We fully expect the parties, politicians, special interests, and the
media to do everything in their power to block our initiative, and
to fight against the idea, and the practice, of democracy.
Their Corporate Media
will fill the people with false fears of the democratic government
promised by our Constitution.
Their true goal is to
preserve their illegitimate prestige, power and wealth.
Bribery has made the politician's ethical obligation, their
political duty, to serve their voters and their country, a joke.
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RESTORE THE CORE
brings political power and representation to a different type of
American. Americans who will not sacrifice democratic principals in
the pursuit of personal profit, prestige, and power. American
politics are presently dominated by politicians and parties who use
our government for the pursuit of personal wealth and power. This
has cost us our democracy, and these people must be driven from our
political power, profit, and prestige that is won by damaging our
democracy, bribing our politicians, or corrupting our elections, is
The wealth and
power of this country has slipped from its democratic restraints.
The special interests have hijacked our democracy. Their desire for
wealth and power is stronger than their loyalty to democracy, or our
country. They have twisted our democracy it into a parody of itself.
These usurpers are giving our democracy, and our county, a
reputation of evil. They have shown us where the problems lie in our
democratic process. Now we must fix these problems
power must be attained under the rules of our democracy, not by
abusing our democracy. The principals behind our initiative assure
it will be fiercely opposed by those who's wealth and prestige are
dependent on abusing and corrupting our democracy. Because of this
resistance, our initiative requires the support of a bottom-up,
grassroots effort by our citizens.
those who possess power will use it to keep it. We will have to
force democratic elections on the politicians and their special
interests sponsors. They are unwilling, and incapable of reforming
It is time
for Americans who believe in democracy to stand up and end our
political hypocrisy. If we don't fix our democracy soon, we will
loose the chance. It is time to end the corruption. It's time to
bring the Reform Initiative of 2008 before the voters, and take real
steps to combat corruption and restore our democracy. Join us:
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