The Elections Project
Democratism's Elections Project aims to remove our undemocratically empowered rulers and establish government by consent of the governed, through popular election of the president and proportional representation in both houses of Congress.
A powerful bias in our election system has allowed a dangerous faction, rejected by the people, to seize control of all branches of government.
The Republican Party, dominated by extremists, controls the government, despite the greater popularity of the Democratic Party and its positions, only because of a right wing bias built into our election system for all federal offices.
A blue wave is not enough: Removing the bias is the only way to reverse our rightward trajectory.
Effective and energetic election campaigns, while important, are insufficient. In the absence of electoral reform, successful elections can, at best, slow our forced march to the right, and then only temporarily. Big popular victories for progressives and Democrats produce only fragile and short-lived control, affording little opportunity for progress. The right then recovers quickly and reasserts its unearned dominance.
To remove the bias, we must establish popular election of the president and proportional representation in Congress.
To empower leaders chosen by the people, we must adopt modern standards of democratic governance: The winner of the most votes in our presidential elections must be named president, and the balance of power in Congress must be determined by the number of votes each party receives in congressional elections.
It is the right of the people to make these changes.
Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the people's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, it is the right of the people to alter it. That right, articulated in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, is at the heart of the American idea.
Only the people can make these changes.
The bias can be removed only by modifying the Constitution. The Constitution’s amendment procedures, by which supermajorities of Congress and state legislatures can modify the Constitution, are useless here, as they would require the acquiescence of the very politicians whose own power depends on the biased status quo. The responsibility to remove the bias falls therefore to the people, whose right to change the system authorized the Constitution itself and is unaffected by the Constitution's amendment procedures.
We can make these changes.
A modification to the Constitution, providing for popular election of the president and proportional representation in both houses of Congress, can be ratified directly by the people in votes organized through states and localities.
The Democracy Decree can be that modification. The first step toward ratification is getting it proposed by local governments that together represent at least twenty percent of the United States population. That will trigger the vote of the people. You can help make it happen.