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As we enter the "21st Century, we face decisions determining the survival of our free society.

The Rudder of the "Ship of State" is ponderous and hard to set in motion. Ideas and decisions have little effect without public concensus and common purpose. This can be accomplished by communication. Give us your ideas, and we will respond.

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August 27, 2011


I think you have the foundation for a viable 28th Amendment. However, I would suggest that you count down the various subject matters and focus on "bridging the gap" between direct and indirect democracy. "Puppet-string" our elected officials.

We are currently governed under indirect democracy, which is fine for most purposes. However, in those unusual circumstance citzens should be able to over-ride their elected officials - i.e. the string of control on a direct basis.

Achieve what you are contemplating through a more direct means.

Each elected official is placed in office by a certain number of voters. 2/3 of those same voters should be able to over-ride or reverse or confirm elected officials vote on any certain matter. Non-issues would not generate an override, but controversial issues would generate discussion and expressions of opinion through voting.

Day to day, we want indirect democracy, but on certain issues, we want direct democracy.

Honestly, I do not care if my suggestion is passed because I just want some meaningful Constitutional Amendment to occur during my lifetime.

Best regards,
Douglas J. Crawford


Reply: Excellent suggestion for revisions in the proposed 28th Amendment.

Daniel B. Jeffs, founder

DDC Blog - Anonymous posted June 8, 2011

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "It's time for common sense and direct democracy. ...":

Please read through this proposed article, and line by line explain how this will fix the problems America is facing right now. Electing supreme court justices? Are you kidding me?

This is the problem with extremism on either side of the party line. Just because your ultra-conservative ideals may sound good to you, doesn't mean they can work for the whole country. People like you guys disgust me.

DDC Founder reply:

Even though the tyranny of the socialist minority has undermined the Constitution and jerked around the majority for over 100 years, the strength of America still rests with the collective wisdom of the people. The social, political and economic crisis throughout the country will be resolved and reversed, now that the indoctrinated are feeling the pain brought on by the betrayal of false political prophets and failed promises. Indeed, the far left is not disgusting. It is wrong and pitiful.

November 20, 2010

I am intrigued with the idea of a direct democracy instead of a representative democracy. Your proposal seems to be a combination of the two -- elected representatives who handle "day-to-day" legislative responsibilities but with direct voter approval required for certain classes of legislation generated by the representatives (i.e. taxation, etc.) However, the text of the proposed constitutional amendment was not completely clear on this -- have I interpreted your proposal as intended?

Have you considered including some form of initiative process?

Also, I hope that you are differentiating between tax legislation and budget legislation.


Joe Kaufmann

November 21, 2010

Hello Mr. Kaufmann,

The proposed amendment is a combination of direct and representative democracy, with emphasis on direct democracy as outlined in the amendment. The initiative process is included in Section 3. I am revising the section clarify it. As far as differentiating between tax legislation and budget legislation, there can be no budget without taxes, which would include and require voter approval of budgets.

Thank you for your interest and suggestions. I have included a copy of the revised Section 3, which will soon be posted.

Dan Jeffs, founder


SECTION 3. The electorate shall be able to instruct, direct and control all levels of government through their elected representatives by majority vote, and to freely consult with each other for the common good by means of the electorate voting networks. Representatives shall truthfully and fully inform their constituent electorate sufficiently for the electorate to make informed decisions. The electorate shall have the right of recall, initiative, and referendum. All elections, recall elections, initiatives and referendums shall be conducted by means of the electorate voting network. The process for elections, recall elections, initiatives and referendums shall be established by the electorate. Any federal or state elected representative or official may be recalled from office at any time by majority vote. A replacement election shall immediately follow.

November 21, 2010

Dear Mr. Jeffs,

Thank you for your response. The revision you proposed is clear and precise.

More on the topic of tax versus budget legislation:
I support the idea of requiring a 2/3 vote to modify tax law. I disagree with imposing the same requirement on budget legislation. Our recent history in California with a 2/3 requirement for budget legislation has been filled with failures to pass budgets in a timely manner. In the most recent election the electorate in fact expressed its exasperation with the budget mess by repealing the 2/3 requirement and restoring a simple majority requirement for budget legislation WHILE RETAINING THE 2/3 REQUIREMENT FOR TAX INCREASES. I think this is a reasonable approach ... but time will tell.

Again, thank you for your time. I am recommending your web site to others.


Joe Kaufmann

Comments from Joseph Hammer
Two Parties
By Joseph Hammer
September 26, 2009

First of all, I love what you are doing. I have the greatest respect for those whose vocation is the improvement of the condition of mankind. There is no greater opportunity for improvement than in government, so I salute you.

I seek truth. I believe that many things act as barriers to truth, so I have consulted the masters for tips. There is a rule that Socrates taught me when proposing something new.

Do not write back and disagree with what I am about to type. If you disagree, play Devil's advocate, so you do not attach your ego to the disagreement. Turn the idea over in your head if you have not thought about it in depth. This research is more important to me than my shabby life, and part of my study is in why people make bad decisions. My studies indicate that once you say you are for or against something in a debate, you will stick to that position in the face of a landslide of evidence. For that reason, if a point is important, think for a day. If it is really important, then think for a week... then take an informed position.

Comments from James Lapp
March 14, 2005

From: James Lapp
September 28, 2008

Subject: Direct Democracy in Court System

What direct-democratic principles can and should be incorporated into the US's current court system?

Comments from LeAnna Sharber
March 14, 2005

I am a social work student and I am trying to find information that supports the allegations about the golden fleece retirement plan for politicians. Can you help me find concrete proof that this is true and perhaps information on the plan they use?

From: Chuck Frank
Subject: Direct Democracy Feedback
January 24, 2006

I have thought for many years that this would solve the 'special interest" ruling America. As long as the people could make "moral" voting decisions, this system would work quite well. Yet if the morality of the people spirals down to where our society becomes an abusive society where right and wrong no longer exist and freedom become more like free love and "let's legislate more of it," then we will not be much better off than we are now.

Comments from Ann Goodyear
March 17, 2005

I would like to know:
What do you have to say on the argument that the citizens are not competent enough to make important political decisions?

Is there a possibility of direct democracy suppressing the rights of the minority?

From a new member:
Donald K. Miller
Broomfield, Colorado
July 2, 2004

I could not agree more! The health of our democracy is dependent on getting our elected representatives to reflect our well-being in the laws they pass and not those of special interest groups and corporations with lots of money they contribute to getting our representatives re-elected.

Please keep me advised of the status of any programs that need my support. I will start working independently here in Colorado. If you have any literature on this topic I would appreciate you informing me of any books, articles or webpages that I could use to formulate my own letters to my representatives.

E-mail received from Melanie Flees
June 28, 2004

There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq during the month of January..... in the fair city of Detroit (Michigan) there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's one American city folks, about as deadly as the entire war torn country of Iraq!

E-mail received from Tim Hansen
June 22, 2004

You guys have gone off the deep end.

Talking about our government and democracy does not undermine our troops or in anyway endanger them. Telling people that it does is a blow to the United States and is a knife in the heart of democracy. Grow up.

E-mail received from Karen Hester
public school teacher
April 24, 2004

Teaching in America

Ended up here after reading a post on a Middle School Chatboard. I'd just like to express a few opinions and ask for a little feedback.

Letter From From Charlls Quarra
January 14, 2004

I wanted to know if DDC considers continuous election systems inside their agenda of electoral reform proposals.

Letter from Jim Blevins:
While I support a drastic change in our government to accommodate direct democracy, I also realize that too large a percentage of the people are happy with the status quo.

Jim Blevins
December 18, 2003

Roger Lowenstein, founder and executive director
The Los Angeles Leadership Academy October 27, 2003
This letter is an experiment in direct democracy, unfiltered by the corporate media. I read your letter yesterday's Times Sunday Magazine.
Letter to the DDC
The ultimate result of shielding man from the effects of folly is to people the world with fools

Chris Blau:
July 7, 2003

What i envision is a pbs/c-span federally funded station which would provide debate leading up to a vote of the people directly, on every bill or issue,
Letter to the DDC from Scott Kay
April 15, 2003
My 2 cents on real democracy
It's about time we started incorporating recent technology to get real democracy in action.

Helgi Rudd
Sydney Australia
March 13, 2003

The Question is
The question is, "Do Americans really want the responsibility of democracy or do they prefer to be taken care of?"

Michael Labhard
March 7, 2003

D.D. in Slovakia
Dr. Miloslav Hettes
Agora President
Sputnikova 37
821 02 Bratislava
January 29. 2003

allow me to introduce new NGO: Agora - Civic Association in Support of Direct Democracy in Slovakia.

Getting the message out
David Wayne Meadows Jr.
January 16, 2003

So how do we get the message out to everyone beyond what the internet can offer?

Defining Direct Democracy
Can you give me an exact definition of direct democracy and what would be its effects?
January 10, 2003

ABOUT DEMOCRACY & 17th Amendment

From Carl Black - April 27, 2002

Mr. Jeffs,
My understanding of a democracy is just that, an understanding that is based in fact and is shared by everyone who understands human nature.
I'll tell you what, you help me get the 17th Amendment repealed and I help you set up your *unconstitutional democracy in any state you choose and if it works, then I advocate for your cause without hesitation. But seeing as how Democracy can only last as a form of government until the people discover that they can vote themselves largess from the Public Coffers, I doubt that I will be doing much advocating.


From: Carl Black
April 14, 2002

I consider democracy a far more insidious and vile a threat to world peace than terrorism. Democracy is evil incarnate. The very notion that every single crackpot along with their crackpot ideas deserves to be heard and is just a valid as legitimate concerns is ludicrous to the extreme.

January 30, 2002

Please tell me more about how you would create a direct democracy and what the advantages would be. Why do you think this is the best thing for the US?

January 25, 2002

Visiting your website was part of an assignment for a class. I was not expecting to come across anything that I related to directly or indirectly. That is until I read your article on how the media controls the publics mind and opinions.

America's Crisis reader's review from Colonel Ned B. Baker, Master U.S. Army Aviator Retired, December 9, 2000:

Please accept my compliments on the book, "America's Crisis." I have also read the first edition, "Silent Crisis." Considering the 2000 presidential election crisis, the book begins with the appropriate phrase, "America is steeped in uncertainty."

Comments from and responses to: CRAIG CALVIN, June 6-9, 2001

CALVIN: Hello, I am American National Goverment Student and we are currently studying the tupes of goverments that can be implemeted. My instructor has given us an assigment, and I would like to know some of the pros and cons of a direct democracy. The term sounds good. I do believe that the people should govern, but through our (representative democracy) we do that indirectly and not directly. I have came up with a few disadavantages and advantages like (the people will get to decide to make their decisions, but there will be leaders who will influence them to vote in a certain way)

From: Jack Curtis - December 1, 2000

Congrats on your Web site! Will get back to you later, just a few quick observations for now: The Initiative & Referendum Institute claims a constitutional convention requires government action & hence is out of reach of the people. Do you have any idea what they're talking about?...

From: M. Mead, San Diego, CA September 6, 2000

I am reading your web site with interest... but when I came to the part where you talk about President Clinton (news media section) "... simply panders to well known hot button and sensitive issues by repeatedly handing out candy that tastes good but won't last." ...

From Mike D. September 5, 2000

Those of you who want this "Real Democracy" are in a dream land. Have you taken the time to sit and think of the people who will be voting for our bills and laws? Just look outside your window at the legions of simpletons, morons, and idiots we have in this country. In our country there are about 11 million people with IQs of less than 80! You want a direct democracy where people who have no idea what in the world they are voting vote?


Of my many communications and e-mail discussions as the founder of the Direct Democracy Center, the most recent is topical and interesting. The debate was conducted between July 31, 2000 and August 9, 2000. It touches on government, democracy and public education. Though there was a name attached to the e-mails sent to me, I will refer to the person as the EDUCATOR and myself as the FOUNDER in the dialogue that follows:

From: Alastair Green, October 1, 2000

I have a question with regard to a true democracy. How much, or rather how many government offices would disappear? Would the IRS be gone, the Justice Department, etc. On a local level would we even have those departments responsible for road repairs etc. Please let me have this information as soon as possible, as I'm writing a piece on true democracy for school. ...

From H.A. Watson, September 22, 2000

I thank God that you all have set up this web site. At least we have some people who are not afraid to speak the truth. It also shows that the Constitution still serves some purpose....

From Kenneth McBride, September 14, 2000

Hello, my name is Ken. I am doing a report with some other students for school about direct-democracy. I was browsing your site, but I see nothing about what if any countries tried this form of government....

From Alfred Rodriguez, September 3, 2000

Hello, my name is Alfred Rodriguez. I am 15 years old and seriously believe that direct democracy is the only correct government model for contemporary society. Representative democracy, while good, has its faults as you can never trust politicians, and many other faults....

From Stephen M. Crone, September 21, 2000

I am writing to ask for more information on the direct democracy initiative in California. My main question is, how will electronic voting work? Will it be over the Internet? And how do you prevent people from voting more than once if it is over the Internet?....

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