Lee Township, 2006 Recall Election

Bottom Up Government as Opposed to Top Down Government

By Pat Foster

We have a Congress that for years has only had an approval rating in the single digits, and recently I have seen polls showing it as low as 2%. Apparently only their families approve of their performance, while even a large percentage of government workers are against them. Our ballots list candidates we do not know and have no idea of how they stand on the issues. We are told that we can choose either Democrat or Republican, and that should be good enough for us. The issues are not our issues like fracking, the legalization of marijuana, abortion, the environment, and a multitude of other things people feel strongly about. That is top down government. These elections are held by the government that is elected, which is a major conflict of interest.

Bottom up government is when the people run their own elections. Candidates are listed with background information on each one as to their experience for the position, and issues are placed up in a table so that you know exactly where each candidate stands on the issues most important to you. Issues are the ones the people want to vote on, not what the government will allow you to vote on.

You say that this is impossible. It will never happen. What if I told you that what the government is now doing is in violation of the United States Constitution, Article II, Section 1 which completely backs bottom up government as explained above.

While most people look at the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which is commonly known as the Bill of Rights, which describe the rights of the citizens, the articles state exactly how things should be done in our government. Article II, Section 1, the first three paragraphs are shown above with phrases underlined.

Since this is the only section within our Constitution that deals with elections, paragraph 1 states “be elected, as follows:” They are saying we are going to tell you how to run your elections.

Paragraph 2, defines government and the key words there are “Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit.”  This defines everybody in government from elected officials who hold a position of trust, to those who work for government, who are persons who hold a position of profit. No one in government is allowed to be an elector. This clearly defines the public sector as being separate from the private sector, who are known as “electors”.

       Paragraph 3, specifically states that the “electors” (private sector) “shall meet in their respective States and vote by Ballot”. No one in government should be having anything to do with it, or be able to vote in it. After the election is over, “they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of Government....”

Democracies only work when the private sector controls the elections, and our founding fathers knew that basic principle when they created our constitution. No change in our current system is going to be easy, but voting in honest, verifiable elections is a better solution than what the National Riflemen’s Association is proposing with their advertisements.

 To aid in making the transition, I have also created a nonprofit corporation, Voter Verified Elections which has two purposes. The first is to create the ballot where you see each candidates position on the issues, you can place on the ballot issues most important to the “electors”, and after the election is over you can go to an official database to see your vote within it just as you voted it. This gives you power over your own life just as every other individual who votes. Now, you will enjoy voting because it will really mean something, because the election system will be completely transparent.

Finally, I set Peoples Election Groups (PEG’s), which is any group of people with something common among them like where they live. The PEG’s would be most likely associated with the current precincts that government now uses. These PEG’s are where bottom up government lies. The voters within any PEG makes the decisions on what issues are on the ballot, who runs the election, what software is used, and every decision affecting your lives. This is real bottom up government, where the people, not the government makes the important decisions involving their lives.


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