Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Kennebec Journal Staff
It will take bullet proof amendment changes to fix the damage this court has done in those two decisions and that job must now be done by Congress. So if Congress can't or won't act what can we do about all this? A citizen initiative is the right and procedure by which citizens can propose a law, or a Constitution change, by petition and ensure its submission to the electorate. So if the Legislature fails to act, the people can take action themselves.
Currently the Constitution does not provide for a citizen initiative process. But there are ample reasons to support and actively seek to change the constitution to provide for such a process. The primary reason is that special interests have so thoroughly gained control of our federal government it no longer acts in the interest of the people but instead serves those special interests that fund re-elections.