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ABOUT US

The Self Government Foundation (SGF) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to defending the American Experiment of government by the people.

"We base all our experiments", said James Madison, "on the capacity of mankind for self government."

"This idea -- that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power -- is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue...: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." - Ronald Reagan

The SGF does not receive money from any government. We operate thanks to the generosity of individuals and foundations.

The SGF does not participate in any political campaign activity for or against political candidates. However, other people or organizations may use the data published by the SGF for the purpose of political campaigns, to inform candidates seeking to hold office and to keep elected representatives accountable to the people.


OUR PEOPLE
The SGF is run by everyday people who have many years of political, business and life experience:

President:
Giuseppe Gori
Giuseppe Gori
Computer scientist, researcher, developer.
President of Central Dynamics, Inc.,
Guntersville, AL
(www.riverpool.com).
Former leader of a political party in Ontario, Canada.
Not politically aligned.
Treasurer:
Laura Hodge
Finance Administrator for St. Williams Parish,
Guntersville, AL.
Pro-life wife and mother.
No political affiliation.

Secretary:
Jean McCrady, PhD
AA degree in Business Administration,MA degree Sociology,
PhD in Leadership and Human Behavior. From Brownsboro, AL.
Was President and CEO of Mountain Lakes Resort, Inc., for three decades (1982-2011).
Board member of many organizations, including:
Alabama Fair Tax Education Association, and
Junior Achievement Marshall County.
Not politically involved.

Director:
  Judge Tim Riley
Marshall County District Court Judge.
Guntersville, AL (www.JudgeTimRiley.com).
University of the Alabama School of Law.
Judge Advocate with the Alabama National Guard.
U.S. Navy submarine veteran, Lt. Colonel.
Co-founder of Boot Camp for juvenile offenders.
Co-founder of Marshall County Corrections program.
Director:
Ed Hayes 

Roger Rehfeld
President of Vista Unlimited,
Guntersville, AL.
Business and Technical Management Consulting Services.
Roger has a wealth of technical, management and marketing experience, having held several executive management positions in the electronic and manufacturing industries.


Director:
Alfred Zawadski 

Alfred Zawadzki
Has many years of experience in public and private organizations.
F
ormer political candidate who held the Executive Vice President position in a conservative political party in Ontario.

Not politically aligned.

 


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A PLAN OF ACTION
The Self Government Foundation (SGF) wants to achieve a better level of direct democracy by improving the communication and public knowledge of policies being proposed or voted on, by our representatives.

The goal of the “Vote, for freedom” project of the SGF is to establish a direct voting system through the internet that will allow the people to express their preference on each policy or issue, so that our representatives will know the will of the people in a timely and comprehensive fashion, for them to use as a reference when they vote on each government Bill.

However, at this time the SGF does not want to replace the voting system we have.

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Representative government has often failed to properly represent the will of the people, because of abuse of authority, human weakness, deal making, grand-stand spending or corruption.

It is our intent to help and defend the current system of government through communication and modern technology, which allow us to timely inform our representatives of the will of the people and, in the measure we are successful, to keep our representatives accountable to the people.

There is a tendency, especially among “powerful” elected representatives, to believe that only experienced politicians, bureaucrats and lawyers can conceive, understand and express the process of policy making in today’s complex world. For this reason they often embark in ideological tangents and feel that they have to pass a new law, whether or not this is supported by the people.

 

For example, before passing of the Health care Bill of 2010, a Bill more complex than any one person could ever digest, the speaker of the House was recorded saying "We have to pass the Bill so that you can find out what Is in it".

It has now become common for representatives to pass Bills without the people, or even the representatives themselves, having read the Bill. The voters, which are supposed to rule themselves, could not become more excluded from the current legislative process, or more deprived of their constitutional right of self government.

However, if we really believe in the American Experiment, the solution to complexity is simplification: We need to simplify the law, so that all people can understand it, instead of introducing massive Bills which only a selected elite can afford to study. With this in mind, the “YesWeRule” project attempts to express policies in the simplest and clearest possible way.

As president Reagan said: "They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right."


A MORE DIRECT FORM OF DEMOCRACY
Currently, and for the foreseeable future, the technicalities of voting are established and monitored by a government agency (The Federal Election Commission).

The voting process has essentially remained the same for many years, although the practical methods for recording and counting votes has changed. Many modern systems have been used both for voting and for counting ballots. The ballots are very simple, as in the past they needed to be verified and counted manually. 

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Voters only select a representative they trust for all issues that may arise in the following years of the representative’s mandate. Only in some cases ballots have included specific issues whereby voters have been polled directly.

Even within this simple scope, the voting process experiences all sorts of problems, from enumeration corruption to technological failures, from recounts to litigations.

Because incumbent politicians tend to be re-elected more frequently than not, the problems of "bad representation" can drag on for many years before the people can take corrective action.

The voting system currently in use has undergone changes, as technology allowed, but it has always been run by the same government agency. It is possible that in the future the voting system will be completely modernized or run by a private agency.

The SGF, through the VoterLog.com site, will:

-  Collect voting information directly from the people. We, the people, will be able to vote on any policy or issue at any time, not just election time. These “votes” of course do not replace the official ballots currently in place.

-  Our representatives and candidates will be encouraged to vote on the same issues as well.

 Through this site, you will be able to:

-  See comparative results: How far they voted on the same issues you voted on, and how far their opinion is from the your districts, State and national averages. 

 -  Make informed decisions about which candidates to support, and

-  Keep your representatives accountable to the opinion of the people they represent and to their recorded "vote".

 

 

 
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