The Populist Platform.
We, the people, need to make our expectations clear to candidates for Congress and state legislatures. The Populist Platform does that (with references to specific legislation that has already been introduced into Congress when possible). We encourage concerned citizens to ask candidates for office in their state and congressional district if they promise to support the legislation included in The Populist Platform. Let them know that our support for them is contingent upon their support for legislation that expresses our will – the will of the people.
We strongly encourage current members of Congress and state legislatures to actively support legislation from our platform that has been introduced into one or both houses of Congress or state legislatures and to draft and introduce legislation called for in our platform that has not yet been introduced.
Attentive readers will notice that the all of the legislation referenced in The Populist Platform that has already been introduced in Congress has been introduced by Democratic members of Congress. Government by the People is a non-partisan organization. Polls indicate that the proposals included in The Populist Platform enjoy overwhelming support among Democratic voters and independent voters, as well as roughly half of Republican voters on most of the issues. This is the essence of a “populist” movement. Our definition of “populist” is a person who (or a program that) supports and represents the interests and views of the common people, as well as supporting the rights and power of the people.) We expect that some independent and minor party candidates will support The Populist Platform. We hope that some Republican candidates will, as well.
To be successful, a movement must be broad-based and inclusive. We invite candidates and supporters from all parties to join our campaign. We will be begin by working largely within and through the Democratic Party, hoping to reform the party, neutralize, or minimize corporate influence within the party, and make the Democratic Party the party of the people it claims to be. However, we have been reaching out to members of other parties and independents from the outset and will continue to do so.
Our proposals for electoral reform (proportional representation, ranked-choice voting, and public financing of elections enjoy support from minor parties (The Green Party, Libertarian Party, etc.), independent voters, and a fair percentage of Republican voters – in fact from everyone who favors genuine democracy. According to various polls, 80 to 92% of voters would like more than two parties from which to choose. Proportional representation and ranked-choice voting (also called “instant run-off voting”) are the best and most obvious ways to achieve that worthwhile goal.
The initiative process.
Twenty-four states (see list at bottom-right of each page on this site) give citizens the right to pass laws (and amendments to the state constitution in some states) without the approval or involvement of the state legislature or governor. We encourage concerned citizens to utilize this powerful form of direct democracy to enact electoral reforms and pass needed legislation in those states where the state legislature is not representing the will of the people or willing to reform our electoral system.
Existing political advocacy groups are joining our coalition.
If you are a member of a political advocacy group, labor union, or college organization, please encourage your group to endorse our platform (and our ballot proposal in Missouri) and work with other groups who have also endorsed our platform (and our individual volunteers) to use our collective power to elect a Congress that will truly represent the will of the people.
Our ballot proposal in Missouri:
Our initial petition drive is underway in Missouri. We are promoting a proposal for proportional representation in the Missouri’s General Assembly. We are using social media, phone-banking, canvassing and this web site to gather contact information for concerned citizens who willing to sign petitions and then using that information to keep them informed of opportunities to sign petitions. If you are willing to sign petitions, want to help gather signatures, volunteer to help in some other way, or simply want to stay informed regarding our progress, please click on the “Join the Campaign” (sidebar) and provide us with your contact information.
Once we have your contact information, we will keep you informed of signing opportunities in your area (town hall meetings, house parties, signing parties, benefit concerts) and provide an updated list of locations where you can sign the petitions.
We are organizing campaigns on college campuses, led by organizations on each campus. We are working with labor unions, advocacy groups, and business owners to make our petitions available for signing during normal business hours.
The following chart shows the number of valid signatures we need to obtain to get our proposals on the ballot in Missouri. We must obtain the required number in at least six of Missouri’s eight congressional districts:
Change is in the air..
We can reform our election process and elect a government of, by, and for the people.
You are cordially invited to join our campaign.