Direct Congress’s Founding Principles

1)      U.S. Constitution:  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”  (Preamble to the U.S. Constitution).   We support the proper role of government described by this national agreement, and commit to be constitutional in all our actions.

2)      Bill of Rights:  We believe in protecting the natural ‘inalienable’ rights of all individuals.  We are a not-for-profit organization and equal opportunity employer who does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, disability, political perspective, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or genetic information.

3)      Checks and Balances:  Our Founding Fathers understood how power can corrupt individuals with high morals and good intentions.  We commit to only reform the Legislative branch of government without ever interfering with responsibilities of the Executive and Judicial Branches.   Laws created on Direct Congress can be vetoed by the U.S. President or overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.   After fully launching stage one of Direct Congress on July 4th 2014, NO CHANGES can be made to this website without approval by 75% of voting participants.  ‘DC’ staff are managed by an elected Board of Directors, until the Federal Election Commission offers to oversee us.

4)      Security & Privacy:  The best encryption technology available is essential to maintain reliability and public trust in this internet platform.  We will keep your information private and strive to do no evil.

5)      Transparency:  We post publicly all financial matters and internal dealings. (See: ‘DC’ Financial Records)

6)      No Advertisements:  This Website will never allow product or service advertisements and solicitations.  Ideas must rise and fall on their own merits.  Funding for the web maintenance and infrastructure comes from donations.

7)      Opportunity & Individualism:  We can work together to create laws that are good for everyone, NOT just our richest individuals and corporations.  We celebrate individual achievement and exceptional contributions to the world we all have to share.

8)      History:  Change is not inherently good.  Historical precedent and careful deliberation are essential tools to achieve the best possible outcomes.

9)      Science:  The peer review system of verifying that truth claims can be replicated, protects us from the harmful unintended consequences of making uninformed decisions.  Every bill that reaches the ‘Deliberation Room’ contains links to peer-reviewed Information from the Congressional Budget Office, and the world’s best Universities and Scientific establishments.  Direct Congress’ vetting process for creating laws is a macro-version of peer-review, where all Americans who volunteer time to participate become equal peers in the law vetting process.

10)   Math:  The consistency of mathematical principles is the foundation of both good engineering and good governance.  Direct Congress staff and volunteers strive to create beautiful behind-the-scene algorithms, so that the use of the site can uplift humankind’s best ideas and aspirations.

Premises:

1)      The most accurate way to represent the people is to directly gain their feedback.

2)      A vote for a single representative is often a poor gauge of the nuanced perspectives of a country’s citizens.  The original American Republic model enhanced by electronic direct democracy is an idea whose time has come.  Other countries have started down this path, including Switzerland where citizens can vote directly online for some laws.  The United States should be the lead innovator in civic information technology.

3)      Many talented public servants have proposed excellent laws that later get muddled by earmarks and concessions to special interest groups.  The current political and lawmaking process is broken.

4)      Political posturing by powerful individuals makes healthy consensus more difficult to achieve.

5)      New information technologies have made it possible for everyone to have a real voice.

6)      We can bring to fruition America’s founding father’s vision for democracy, while still keeping their essential checks and balances in place to prevent ‘mob rule’.

7)      In organizations world-wide, the best decisions are made when smart people work together from different perspectives towards a common goal.