INTRODUCTION

The American Parliamentary Society is a nationwide discussion group, meant to provoke discussion among all Americans regarding the future of government in America. Experts have written thousands of books and treatises and papers on the fact that parliaments around the world have been more democratic and more representative of the popular will of ordinary people, than the unique system that exists in the United States which was organized on an ad hoc basis, with little reference to precedents. Especially since the founding of the United States, there have been major evolutions in representative governments around the world, which prove out this. The best example of the failure of democracy in the United States is the fact that the Presidential Election of 2000 awarded the presidency of the country to a man who lost the popular vote, so that even though he meets the Constitutional criteria of having won the Electoral College, he only represents a minority of the American people.

If these statements inflame passions, so much the better for local discussion groups, because only people who have enough concern for their country to have an opinion, will participate and join in the national conversation on the best way to remedy America's fatal electoral flaws. Some people believe that a good patch up job will do the trick, others believe that you cannot fix a system of republican government that was invented by slavemasters, which not only had no intention of making the American people free, but of guaranteeing that they would remain in "their place" indefinitely. Most Americans really don't understand who the Founding Fathers were. They were not geniuses. They were not the "best minds of the time," they were the richest individuals of their time. And they would be appalled at the modern electorate of the United States, which now allows women to vote, African Americans to vote, "colonials," such as Mexican Americans or Puerto Ricans, to vote, and American Indians to vote. This is not to suggest that any of these groups should be deprived of the vote, but if the Founders were actually trying to set up a government that would guarantee freedom in America, the depriving of these groups of the rights to vote is a gross injustice. (And don't get fooled by rhetoric that the Founding Fathers did what they did because of "their times." If they were as advanced as their apologists say, they WOULD have abolished slavery, and they would have had SOME concern over the human rights of minority groups other than their own.)

The local chapters of the American Parliamentary Society are being set up for the purpose of discussing the ideas in the Restoration Papers. This series of Papers will be published on a monthly basis to address the most current events of the day, and will be published monthly until President Bush steps down from office. The idea of "Restoration" centers around the idea of going to the root political values that were not established in 1776, but which date back as far as 1215, when the Magna Carta was signed. The aim of "Restoration" is to enable the restoration of the bonds of friendship between neighbors in communities, to restore good will between Americans, and to move forward to a day and age when Americans have hope and faith in their local and national leaders, and to restore faith in the rule of law, that it shall be impartial, to provide us with our ancient rights to mercy, justice and peace. This is a tall order, indeed, but there is no way to move forward on the road to the restoration of a civil America until a dialogue is started between Americans. So much of the initiative has been taken away from individuals, to be vested in institutions, and this has destroyed our country. Many Americans are fully unaware of the fact that the majority of their civil rights were enshrined in law not by the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution, but by the Bill of Rights of 1689. None of us have assumed the haugty air that we replace the rule of law that has evolved through custom, trial and error for over a millenium, with our own opinions regarding how government should be set up and operate. There was a constitution in the United States from the first settlements of English colonies until 1776, and for our purposes we refer it to as the "ancient constitution." It provided for more stability than any constitution in history, including the U.S. Constitution of 1787, and it provided for genuine checks and balances, which most Americans are fully unfamiliar with. But that doesn't mean that everyone who signs up to be emailed Restoration Papers as they come out monthly, or who meet at local discussion groups, have to feel bound by these historically documented facts; instead individuals are free to argue from whatever perspective they have. It is impossible for someone who has a high school or college education, who was spoon-fed the history of America from a textbook based on secondary sources, to actually debate facts they do not know about. But there is no reason for them not to be exposed to those historical facts, and to put forward what they do know. The idea underlying the American Parliamentary Society is the incitement of debate. Real debate, not the kind most college kids learn in debating class, where they debate the pros and cons of who first made the cotton gin.

If you hunger for real intellectual stimulation, then you may want to sign-up to have the Restoration Papers emailed to you monthly; or you may want to charter a local discussion group, but whatever course of action you take, it is entirely up to you, because by signing up or obtaining a charter, you are not really joining anything. The American Parliamentary Society is called a Society in the loosest context, and is not really a membership organization. There are no dues, no membership rules, no president, and no organizational schema. It is only the sum of its parts, those individuals who choose to participate. Once a local charter is obtained, the internal structure of that group is entirely dependent upon the mutual consent (vote) of those who participate. There is no requirement for any participant to provide any personal information about themselves, the only exception is the person who applies for a charter, because it is mailed out in the United States Mail. Also, there is an absolute PRIVACY GUARANTEE to all participants. No name or email address or street address will be sold or shared with anyone.

This is your opportunity to have some really stimulating debate, unrestrained by the narrow focus of the media and college professors. To have real discussions with real people, that actually mean something. Some may argue, others may sit in the corner and not say what is on their minds, but our goal is to draw everyone out of their shells, to contribute their own ideas, which really are important in a modern democracy.


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