About the Project
America was founded on the belief that government should be of and by the people. We created a Constitution to place this belief into law. That document has protected our liberty for more than two centuries by guaranteeing us representative national, state and local governments.
Today, Congress and many state, county and city governments are out of control. Our country is nearly bankrupt, and our economy changing from free market prosperity into European socialism as lawmakers pile up debt. These spendthrifts count on short public memories or, when confronted, deploy public employee unions in protests designed to intimidate fiscally responsible governors and legislators. In some cases, as occurred in Wisconsin and Indiana in 2011, legislators have fled their states and gone into hiding rather than deal with much needed reforms.
This anti-democratic attitude is anathema to participatory American politics. But there is a mechanism within our political traditions to deal with runaway government and ensure more accountability: the Right of Recall.
At the federal level, our Constitution contains several provisions to protect our right to a representative government, by and of the people:
- Article V provides a mechanism for amendment;
- The First Amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting the right of the people to petition the government for a redress of grievances;
- The Tenth Amendment states that powers not delegated to the federal government or prohibited by it to the states are reserved to the states or to the people.
- At least 18 states now have laws allowing for recall of state officials. Californians exercised this franchise in 2003 when they petitioned for a recall election that unseated Gov. Gray Davis.
Through RecalltheRogues.org, The American Civil Rights Union seeks to empower Americans who are dissatisfied with government actions by irresponsible public officials.
This site is not intended to promote political action with regard to any particular elected official but to inform Americans about the laws and procedures that exist to protect them.
Please undertake any actions respectfully and within the legislative guidelines of your state. It is extremely important to follow all procedures and to consult others who have initiated similar processes in order to prevent missteps that could jeopardize the effort.