On this July 4th, look to the Declaration of Independence. It’s our instruction manual for freeing ourselves from tyranny. Here’s what it says: Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. The purpose of government is to secure the right of the people to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of that purpose, it is the right of the people to alter it.
Our government operates without our consent. Most Americans prefer the Democrats to the Republicans. Most Americans vote that way most of the time, for president and for Congress. But the far right controls the presidency, Congress, and the courts—because our voting system is rigged in their favor.
Our form of government does not advance our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. On the contrary, it subjects us to far right rulers who are assaulting our values and our future.
The people have the power to alter our form of government. We have the right to unrig our election system, remove the right wing rulers we did not choose, and replace them with representatives chosen fairly by the people.
What about the midterms? Yes, we need to win every election we can win, but winning the elections we can win under the rigged system isn’t enough. We need to win all the elections we would win if the rules were fair. And even if we win the midterms, the damage Trump, Pence and our courts will keep doing every day is too great, and much of it is irreversible. We need to unrig the system now.
And we can. Democratism is proposing a new strategy to reboot the Constitution. We call it the Democracy Decree. It will put the people in charge of choosing the president and setting the balance of power in Congress.
The Declaration says it is the right of the people to alter our form of government. So we are taking it to the people. The Democracy Decree can remake our electoral system and enable government of the people, by the people, for the people.
This July 4, join the fight for government by consent of the governed.