“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” ~ James Madison
We the People is a grassroots organization promoting constitutional government “of the people, by the people, for the people.”
The ideal of representative democracy is for the people to be represented by their elected officials. The status quo, however, is far from this ideal. Politicians are often swayed by the influence of well funded lobbies, resulting in a government which represents and protects special interests rather than the people.
At the highest levels of government, there is no longer a clear distinction between the public and private sectors. Politicians routinely rotate in and out
of public and private sector jobs – a “revolving door” policy fraught with conflicts of interest. The legal fiction which defines corporations as persons
(Citizens United v. FEC, 2010) has compounded the problem by unleashing unlimited amounts of money to influence the electoral process. Separation of corporations and State is as essential as
the separation of church and State. Our failure to maintain a division between the public and private sectors has undermined democracy, resulting in a de facto government of the money,
by the money, for the money.
Our two-party political system has exacerbated the situation. Partisan politics and chronic gridlock in Washington have crippled the ability of legitimate elected officials – those who are genuinely concerned with the well-being of their constituents – to effectively govern. Politics in Washington has degenerated into 'political theater' and demagoguery – an incessant debate of divisive social issues – while critical governmental problems, including our national debt, are ignored. Furthermore, the upper echelons of both parties are but the flip sides of the same coin; and that coin, of course, represents money. This charade is threatening to ruin our nation.
The time has come for the people to elect representatives who are not accountable to special interest groups. We plan to initiate a reformation
of our federal government by promoting the election of candidates who strictly uphold the Constitution, while representing their constituents.
As a voice for Americans who feel powerless and disaffected, this nonpartisan organization hopes to unite the people in the common cause of reclaiming our government.
“United we stand, divided we fall”