" The goal of man and society
should be human independence: a concern not with image of popularity
but with finding a meaning in life that is personally authentic: a quality
of mind not compulsively driven by a sense of powerlessness, nor one
which unthinkingly adopts status values, nor one which represses all
threats to its habits, but one which has full, spontaneous access to
present and past experiences, one which easily unites the fragmented
parts of personal history, one which openly faces problems which are
troubling and unresolved: one with an intuitive awareness of possibilities,
an active sense of curiosity, an ability and willingness to learn."
- The Port Huron Statement, 1962
The Executive and Legislative branches were created to enact laws and
protect the interests of the people. The Judicial branch stands
as final arbiter, and is created through nominations by the other two.
Each of these three branches are utterly worthless, and indeed profoundly
dangerous, without the active involvement of the People. We are the
fourth branch of government, the owners of the democracy, and we have
been terribly remiss in our duties.
All of the problems that afflict us and sap our strength stem from
the fact that this fourth branch of democratic government has been absent
from the equation. There are reasons and reasons again for this dereliction
of duty, too many to list here. This state of affairs must be reversed,
and we seek to undertake the formulation of that change.