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Creation of a national referendum would require a constitutional amendment initiated in the U.S. Congress. I cannot imagine that two-body hotbed of self-interest handing over any power to the people. The only possibility would be to throw the whole bunch out on their collective butts, and start over from scratch. Incumbent Representatives and Senators are extremely unlikely to pass any legislation to establish a national referendum to enable citizens to initiate legislation to apply in all fifty states. One thought...

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Under current law, only twenty-three states permit Referendum Initiatives, which means that twenty-seven states have no provision whatsoever to provide for citizen initiated state legislation. With over half of the states opposed to citizen initiated referendums, there is little likelihood that Congresspersons from those 27 of 50 States would sponsor any enabling legislation intended to amend the Constitution to establish a national referendum for citizen initiated legislation. A different approach may offer some immediate results...


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Throw the Hypocritical Rascals Out: If we throw all Congresspersons out on their collective butts, have all new nonpartisan faces in Congress, it seems to me we would have no need for a national referendum. This campaign is under way. THRO elected 124 new D and R faces to Congress in 1992. Do it again, but this time elect nonpartisan new faces. Only 44 nonpartisans in the House and 10 nonpartisans in the Senate will take the majority away from the bipartisan dictatorship. Until that day, just for the sake of discussion... (Top of Page)

After a constitutional amendment for a national referendum is adopted by a sufficient number of states, by legislative approval (not likely) or by passage of state referenda, would the referendum become federal law or become a Constitutional amendment?   The actual referendum process would be very complex and difficult to carry out and coordinate. Would a voter initiative become a national initiative when the same initiative appeared on ballots in two-thirds of the states, or all of the states? Could the initiatives appear on state ballots with slightly different language, until the required number of states passed the referendum in different years?

A good recent example might be term limits, which has passed by large majorities in over thirty states on some level over the past several years. Would Congress be obligated to recognize the "Constitutional Amendment by Referendum" when  a general principle such as "term limits," passed in a sufficient number of states? Would Congress then write the language of the actual amendment to the constitution? Or would they legislate to make it federal law? Would the exact same language have been required on the referendum in each of the states? Would Congress bother to put the referendum on the legislative calendar to adopt the law or the amendment? How much could they change the language? Could they change the intent? (Top of Page)

In this very relevant instance, the Congress has ignored term limits, as against their self interests. In fact, many congressional representatives have filed suit against term limits passed by referendum in their own states. In some states the state legislature keeps on putting the term limits issue back on the ballot in hopes that voters will change their minds and remove term limits completely. They are trying desperately to protect their "job security." The voters want term limits. Establishment politicians do not care about what voters want.

Under our system of state laws, passage in a super majority of states could be a reasonable criterion for passage of each national referendum. The exact same language on each state referendum would help retain the intent of the voters without congressional alterations. It seems to me that the national coordination needed to gain agreement on language in the referendum would prevent any prompt action on needed reforms. The same is true of the Constitutional Amendment process contained in the U.S. Constitution. Once again, a better approach would be for the people of each state to pass the same referendum into law in every state. The effort required would be less, even if less uniformity was the result. Under current law, only twenty-three states permit Referendum Initiatives in their states. Approval would have to be attained by bipartisan legislative assent in the other twenty-seven states (the majority of states).

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Why not elect people to state legislatures and to Congress who have no conflicts of interest between their loyalty to a political party, to their own judgment, or to the passage of impartial, fair and just legislation. Those people would not be bipartisan Democrats or Republicans.

I would co-sponsor a well-written bill to add a national referendum to our law so citizens could initiate legislation as a last resort, when Congress refuses to act in the interests of a majority of the people. Each ballot initiative would have to appear  on the ballots of all states where ballot initiatives are allowed by state law. I frankly cannot imagine an adequately written bill. 

In reality, if reform legislation is needed badly, voters could more easily elect new people who would actually be inclined to enact the laws needed. Independents are a 74%-94% majority of all possible voters in every electoral district in every state. Take the legislative majority away from the bipartisan incumbent majority we currently have in all legislative bodies. Begin with the U.S. Congress. The easy way! Fire Congress. (Top of Page)

Referendums would be unnecessary if incumbent Democrats and Republicans were doing their job to represent all of their human constituents. They are not. The best way to speak nationally is to vote all incumbent Congressional Representatives and Senators out of public office. One way...

Throw the Hypocritical Rascals Out on their collective butts:

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Difficult Process: Though we have the right to petition our governments "for a redress of grievances," there are no guidelines in the constitution to initiate a petition, or to convert a national petition into binding federal or state legislation. While Ohio allows for petition and referendum, there are twenty-seven states that do not provide for issue petitions or allow  referendum issues on the ballot.

The first order of business for a national referendum, for congress to pass enabling legislation, would be to secure the right to referendum for citizens in every state. That is a long road in itself. Congress will not take up legislation that would weaken the bipartisan national legislative monopoly. Who will organize and coordinate the writing and passage of an initiative, when we know Congress would be likely to ignore or postpone acting on the results? (Top of Page)

The best solution on the national level; elect nonpartisan Congressional representatives to serve in Washington D.C. Elect all new faces to serve in the bipartisan U.S. Congress. Did I mention the 2020 THRO campaign?


A Footnote: In the Summer of 2000, on Larry King Live, several well-known Democrats and Republicans were singing the praises of our bipartisan two-party system. Jesse Ventura, Minor Party Governor of Minnesota, made a statement to support minor parties and multi-party government. In matters of the vote he said, "We have one more choice than Russia" [under Communist one-party rule in the USSR]. Thank you Jesse for your point-blank wisdom.

[Note: Nearly 100% of our bipartisan elections are "non-competitive," so we usually have only one choice, just like Soviet Communist Russia. Also, our incumbent re-election rate is 99+% and in Soviet Communist Russia, a known dictatorship, the incumbent re-election rate was 86%. Their dictatorship had more opportunity to elect new people to leadership.]

In every advanced country with multi-party governments the voter turnout is very high, over 70% and as high as 90%. Our people, especially the young, know they are not represented and they do not vote. Our governments are bought by special interests. Everyone knows. The majority do not vote.

Our young people are indifferent to bipartisan politics for good reason. They simply know they have no vote in governments controlled by the incumbent bipartisan two-party monopoly.

We would have a nonpartisan independent, minor party political system if we did not live in an incumbent bipartisan political dictatorship. 80% of us are nonpartisan and want a change. Trouble is, we simply are not aware of all the other nonpartisan independents, 80%, that surround our daily lives. (Top of Page)

I Pledge to be Self Term-Limited to Two Terms in Office: Four Years

RICH STEVENSON, dist03ky@cs2pr.us


To preserve freedom and our democratic republic we must not re-elect bipartisan career incumbents to public office, as often as possible, and replace them with as many newly elected private citizens as possible.

Elect "Rich." You win. We all win. Rich is on your ballot for KY District Three Representative to the U.S. Congress on November 03, 2020. You must be proactive in this election campaign to have your voice heard in the U.S. Congress.


Elect nonpartisan independent candidates on your ballot. We all win if you apply term limits in the voting booth to all Incumbent public office holders. Establishment politicians do harm to our dreams of freedom and a democratic republic. As the years pass, incumbent politicians serve only their political party and other special interests that support their personal political ambitions.


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