Let the People Decide

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President Bush
is disdained by seven in ten Americans. That's bad enough, but only
one in five Americans believe Congress is doing a good job. Most
of us believe our government is the best one money can buy, and
that it benefits those who spend the most to buy it. We are right.

Campaign finance
laws won't fix the problem by limiting political speech. Busting
the occasional crooked Senator or Representative isn't making the
underlying problem any better. Electing new crooks won't repair
government. Is there any hope for putting government back on the
right track? Yes, we can put the people in charge. Although politicians
always pay lip service to the people being sovereign, their actions
speak louder than their words.

If the people
were in charge, the drug wars would be ended, personal accounts
for Social Security and medical savings would exist, the war in
Iraq would be over, the income tax would end and other taxes would
be lower.

But the people
aren't in charge and Congress isn't about to pass any sort of National
Initiative legislation that would put the people in charge. Why
should they, since they know it will mean the end of their ability
to pass out goodies to the people who buy influence?

The solution
is to use the Bill of Rights to let the people decide! The First
Amendment guarantees the people the right to petition their government
to resolve grievances and to freely assemble — that's exactly what
an election is. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments reserve any power
not delegated to the central government by the Constitution to the
states and the people.

Using those
rights the people can enact Legislation — a Constitutional Amendment
and a Federal Statute as a package called the National Initiative
— by a majority vote of the people eligible to vote in the United
States. Once about sixty million of us vote in a fair election on
a measure that has a Ratification provision similar to that used
to ratify the United States Constitution, the National Initiative
will become the law of the land.

The
National Initiative creates the machinery to enable the people to
act as a legislative body adding a fourth branch of government while
leaving the first three in place, essentially adding a fourth check
to our three existing checks and balances. You can vote today to
empower yourself at www.ni4d.us
Check it out.

I am running
for President to draw attention to this way of solving the problems
that have made our government dysfunctional, led to a stifling federal
bureaucracy, oppressive taxes and foreign wars.

Whether you
agree or disagree, you must admit that this is at minimum a creative
way to break the partisan gridlock funded by special interests in
search of special privilege.

Let the people
decide!

November
29, 2007

Mike Gravel
[send him mail]
is a former Democratic U.S. Senator from Alaska, having served for
two terms, from 1969 to 1981.

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