“Over two-thirds of Americans favor the creation of a national initiative process”
(Broder 2000, 229)
- Q. HOW DO WE “SAVE” AMERICA?
A. Amend the constitution with the US Direct Democracy Amendment.
- Q. What is an Initiative?
A. The Initiative is the power of the voters to propose statutes and amendments to the constitution.
- Q. What is a Referendum?
A. The Referendum is the power of the voters to approve or reject laws or parts of laws through elections.
- Q. What is recall?
A. Recall is the power of the voters to remove an elected or appointed public servant.
DEFINITION, JOINT RESOLUTION
A legislative measure, designated and numbered consecutively upon introduction, which requires the approval of both chambers, with one exception, is submitted (just as a bill) to the president for possible signature into law. The one exception is that joint resolutions, not bills, are used to propose constitutional amendments. These resolutions require 2/3 affirmative vote in each house but are not submitted to the president; they become effective when ratified by three-quarters of the states, through state conventions or states legislatures.
DEFINITION, PROPOSED AMENDMENT
An amendment may be proposed with a 2/3 vote of the House of Representatives and the Senate or a national convention called by Congress at the request of 2/3 of the state legislatures. The latter procedure has never been used. The amendment may then be ratified by 3/4 of the state legislatures (38 states) or state convention (convention of states) shall vote on the amendment. The 21st amendment was the only one to be adopted in this way. However, it is the “POWER OF THE CONGRESS” to decide which method of ratification will be used.
WE ARE AGGRESSIVE USDD ACTIVIST, IF YOUR POLITICIANS DO NOT SUPPORT THE USDD AMENDMENT, VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE, THEY DON’T DESERVE TO BE REELECTED.
The Constitution, Article V does provide for one other way to ratify; through a state convention. A state convention (convention of states) differs from the state legislature in that it is usually an entirely separate body from the legislature.
Why specify state conventions over state legislatures as every other amendment had been ratified up to then? The thought was that the average citizens at the state conventions would be free from their political party pressure to reject the proposed amendment than elected officials.
Note: “It is the power of Congress to decide which method of ratification will be used, state legislatures, or state conventions”.
This is why we must insistent that our legislators support a state convention (convention of states) for the ratification of *S.J. Res. 2525 (US Direct Democracy Amendment) because of party political pressure and lobbyist money influence.
- Join US Direct Democracy Amendment.
- Log-in to your state and copy & paste the text to your legislators. If any of your legislators refuse to support the US Direct Democracy Amendment, they will be replaced at their next election with a candidate who does support the USDD Amendment. Then politically organize in the Forum, simply press the “Forum” button and discuss the responses from your legislators. My response from US Senator Pat Roberts (R) was quite a disappointment, in effect, he said that the US Congress has all the answers, and don’t bother us. We are going to keep bothering them until we have a 2/3 majority support in the US House of Representatives, and the US Senate for the US Direct Democracy Amendment.
- The following is mandatory:
- That your current legislators understand our insistence for a convention of the states for ratification.
- That your current legislators understand our insistence on their support for *S.J. Res. 2525, US Direct Democracy Amendment.
Using the Proposed Amendment when 2/3 of the US House of Representatives and US Senate pass, then 3/4 (38) states ratify, it becomes the Amendment XXVIII, THE US DIRECT DEMOCRACY AMENDMENT. When the people have desired an amendment to the Constitution, and the amendment passed with a 2/3 majority in the House and Senate, it is then sent to the state legislatures for ratification requiring a three-fourths majority.
REQUIRED VOTES FOR PASSAGE OF JOINT RESOLUTION
US House <2/3 majority = 290/435 affirmative votes>
US Senate <2/3 majority = 67/100 affirmative votes>
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The Honorable U.S. Representative/Senator
Washington, DC zip
Good Day Representative/Senator (Last Name),
As your constituent, can I count on your support for *S.J. Res. 2525 , that proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to direct democracy, US Direct Democracy Amendment, upon convention of the state(s) ratification?
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to direct democracy.
(Reported in Senate)
*S.J. Res. 2525 IS Calendar No. 999, 114th Congress, 2d Session
*S.J. Res. 2525
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to the direct democracy process.
November 5, 2019
Mr./Ms. Legislators Last Name for (him/herself) introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to direct democracy.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), that the Direct Democracy Article is necessary, and further, the power of Congress has decided that the method of ratification shall be “conventions of the several States”, “state conventions.” The following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, that shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by “convention of several States”, “state conventions”, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
`SECTION 1. That this proposed amendment may be cited as the `United States Direct Democracy Amendment’.
`SECTION 2. That the proposed amendment, the United States Direct Democracy Amendment, consist of the following; the initiative, is the power of the people to propose laws and amendments to the Constitution and to adopt or reject them; the referendum, is the power of the people to approve or reject laws in whole or in part.
`SECTION 3. That this article shall be inoperative unless it has been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution, specifically, through “conventions of the several states” as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the states from the Congress.
Reported by (Mr./Ms.)(his/her last name), without amendment.
I acknowledge that it is the “power of the Congress” to decide which method of ratification will be used, state legislatures or state conventions (convention of the states).
Because of the influence of lobbyist on a number of legislators, I respectfully ask that you support “conventions of the several states, “state conventions”, as the method of ratification.
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State of California, Department of Justice, Ballot Initiatives
California’s Statewide Initiative Process