Plan of Attack

First, we need a name for this proposition for the sake of brevity. Let us call it POPP for short, being an acronym for Power of the People Proposition.

POPP is not an end goal, but a beginning. We could follow up with a POPP2 and a POPP3. What all POPPs will have in common is that they will be neither extreme Left or Right politically, but will promote the actual will of the people so they will be represented in areas presently ignored by Congress.

For POPP to become binding on Congress, it must first be passed by Congress. Since this proposition applies more to congressional rules than the public, it needs to be introduced and accepted as binding in the House and Senate.

The problem is that Congress will almost never pass any legislation or rule that gives them less power or causes them any inconvenience. If we just sit back and expect them to take such action, we will die in our chairs before anything happens. How, then, do we get such a proposition initiated and passed by reluctant legislators?

The answer goes back to the principle discussed earlier on the power of public opinion. Remember the power of belief? If we believe we cannot get Congress to pass POPP, then we are doomed from the start. But, if you and I and a growing number of citizens believe it, then it becomes the all-powerful public opinion. When public opinion becomes powerful enough, then Congress will respond.

Why will they respond?

There are two reasons:

(1) Public opinion by itself is a powerful force, difficult to resist.

(2) They will fear being voted out of office if they flagrantly violate public will.

Some may question and say that the approval rating of Congress has been as low as 12%. If that low of a public opinion of their representatives does not force change, then what will?

Yes, the approval rating of Congress has been low for some time now. Citizens do not vote for Congress as a whole, but for their individual representatives and senators; when it comes to these guys, approval ratings are different. Many feel that Congress, as a whole, is a lower life form than a dogcatcher or used car salesman, but think their own representative is doing a fine job.

This is illustrated with the fact that incumbents normally sail through with re-election no matter what the rating of Congress as a whole is.

In the 1998 election, a whopping 98% of House members who ran again were re-elected. The number has gone down slightly in the last few elections, but stays consistently high.6

Does this give us a clue to the reason that they are resistant to following the will of the people, even though the ratings of Congress are low? Yes, it does. If the local guy has a 98% chance of being re-elected despite what people think of Congress, then he is not highly motivated to follow the will of the people.

Therefore, attacking Congress as a whole accomplishes little or nothing. Instead, the individual Representatives and Senators must be targeted. Their actual jobs must be threatened through an enlightened public opinion if citizens are to be truly represented.

The most important representatives to influence in matters of Senate and House rules are the Rules Committees. As of this writing, both Houses are dominated by Democrats, with Charles Schumer heading the Senate committee and Louise Slaughter the House. There are 20 members in the Senate Rules Committee and 13 in the House. These 33 individuals are the most important to contact, but the other representatives are important too. Why? Because they can suggest rules and apply pressure on committee members.

This all sounds well and good, but any type of political change will require a super-human effort. How do we go about accomplishing it?

The answer is simple, but the path is difficult. Here is what needs to be promoted:

(1) The public needs to be educated as to their power to create change.

(2) The public needs to be educated to the needed changes and how they can be made.

(3) The public needs to be educated on the voting record and views of their representatives. Many vote an incumbent back in because they mistakenly believe his views are in harmony with their own. When politicians speak to voters, they are very careful to tell them what they want to hear, which is often at odds with their true views and record.

This enlightenment must be brought to the public before they will use their power to pressure politicians into following the will of the people. After all, they are called representatives because they are supposed to represent the public will.

To get the public to act, a certain amount of new political organization must be undertaken and groups formed.

Yes, I realize that there seems to be a group for every possible political cause on the Left and on the Right.  However, that is just where the problem lies; the organizations are slanted to the Left or Right.  Few merely promote the will of the people no matter where that will take us. Even though most organizations claim to represent the people, few actually have faith in the general common sense of the people in all areas of government.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I do not think the people are right all the time. On the other hand, I do think the general will of the people makes a lot more sense than the will of Congress in recent times, and would much rather go with that as a whole than Congress.  As I said earlier, if we think the will of the people is incorrect, the best thing to do is educate them.  If the general population are properly informed, they will usually follow a common sense path.

If a new organization is deemed necessary to educate the public, a possible name could be The Majority Speaks. Anticipating this the author has created a website by this name:

This organization would seek to do the following:

(1) Establish groups in every major population area.

(2) Have regular meetings, probably once a week and perhaps more, when an important project is being undertaken.

(3) Seek to make presentations in the media.

(4) Have some type of lecture or class at each meeting so the members will be politically informed and educated.

(5) Establish goals for political change in harmony with the will of the people.

(6) Brainstorm on ways to accomplish set goals.

(7) Gather mailing lists of like-minded citizens.

(8) Contact other political groups in harmony with specific issues and solicit their cooperation on those issues.

(9) Establish a strong presence on the Web.

(10) Establish a pool of speakers.

(11) Raise funds to promote group goals.

The key to making this group workable is to create several successful groups and then duplicate them across the country.

When enough people decide to use their power of influence, then we can pressure our Congressman to represent the will of the people rather than their own wills or that of pressure groups.

The will of the people is not always my will or yours, but the will of an educated people follows the general rules of common sense much more than someone representing the will of a powerful few.

Let us therefore begin to create a country where the will of the people is truly represented, a country that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln would be proud to call their own.

Next: Manifeto of the People