Holding Governments Accountable
Citizens create governments to expand freedom by solving collective action problems. By creating and protecting public goods, governments can grow the size of the pie and help citizens fill their needs. The Framers, who wrote the United States Constitution, knew this. The Constitution states that the Framers sought to promote the general welfare.
Constitutions encapsulate the principles for which citizens created their governments, but only flesh-and-bone individuals can implement those principles. Politicians too often fail to pass statutes to satisfy constitutional requirements and too often pass statutes that violate constitutional restrictions. Only the citizens can hold politicians and governments to their constitutions' principles.
Citizens have several methods for demanding their governments follow constitutional authority.
They can elect different politicians,
They can petition their government for a redress of grievances, and
They can use the courts to identify laws that violate the Constitution.
Citizens for Constitutional Integrity will use all of these levers to ensure governments satisfy their constitutional requirements and also to purge constitutional violations.
"[Framers of w]ritten constitutions contemplate them as forming the fundamental and paramount law of the nation, and consequently the theory of every such government must be, that an act of the legislature, repugnant to the constitution, is void."
United States Supreme Court Chief Justice
John Marshall in Marbury v. Madison