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How do we make the 2Y2DPlan happen?

This web site and the book are about an idea—a simple, understandable plan to make the United States a better place for most of us who live here. A plan that will enable the United States to fulfill it's early promise. A chance to reinvigorate democracy, to recapture the American dream.

If this site and the book have a subtext, it is that in the United States the government is the responsibility of the citizens. That means if democracy is disappearing and a more representative House would change this trend, you have a duty, repeat duty, to spread the word. No policy group in Washington is asking for contributions to further this idea. Wealthy backers aren't driving this effort. It's up to you.

Email a link to this site to your friends. Think about who from your own community would be a good candidate for the 2Y2D Congress. (Consider running yourself.) Discuss how the voice of ordinary Americans has been muted. Talk abut democracy at Tea Party events or MoveOn.org events or the League of Women Voters or Rotary or Kiwanis. The idea is not Republican or Democratic; it's not liberal or conservative. Buy the book and pass it around. The 2Y2D Plan is about the Constitution and the future of America.

So why, if it is such a hot idea, isn't it touted by the experts—academic experts, political experts or journalists?

For the life of me, I don't have a good answer to that question. Many years ago when I first started to investigate the slow strangulation of our democracy, I was certain that there had to be some sound political or economic reason why we seem to be walking away from the Constitution. Particularly in light of the fact that our 435-member House has every appearance of having been bought and paid for.

When I consider why the notion of a more robust democracy is not at the center of our national debate, here is what comes to mind:

It's just possible the experts think that ordinary people may not be capable of coming together to solve their shared problems—that our problems are so complex that only the experts themselves can solve them. Democracy has been reduced to such a sorry state we don't have much hands-on experience with it. The whole notion of real representative democracy makes the experts uncomfortable. (Fine for Afghanistan and Egypt, but way too risky for the good old USA.) They rationalize this position by saying that the average voter doesn't pay enough attention to the issues.

I would suggest that democracy is less about issues than it is about character. The founding fathers thought “men of virtue” were essential for the success of our republic. Ordinary men and women are perfectly capable of sizing up the character of the candidates if they get the opportunity.

Issues fall into two buckets: (1) those that exist today and drive elections and (2) those ahead and as yet unknown. I myself would rather have 3,094 men and women chosen by their neighbors from all walks of life to deal with tomorrow's challenges. Not 435 professional politicians.

You are a bit self conscious or uncertain about spreading the word... figure it's really not your problem?

Consider the amazing heritage we are wasting. This is your chance to be a patriot, to be part of that heritage, to save our birthright of democracy for future generations. In the winter of 1776, when our War for Independence from Britain was going badly, George Washington ordered a piece by Thomas Paine to be read to the troops. Its opening still speaks to us today:

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.