The use of the term “populist” began in the United States in a movement that brought about the Populist party in 1891. Here is a dictionary meaning of the word:
Definition of populist
1 : a member of a political party claiming to represent the common people; especially, often capitalized : a member of a U.S. political party formed in 1891 primarily to represent agrarian interests and to advocate the free coinage of silver and government control of monopolies
2 : a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people.
As you can tell the News media’s use of this word when describing Donald Trump is an outright lie. Trump is nothing but a second rate fake reality TV celebrity con man that could not be further opposite of actually being a populist let alone actually being a member of the populist party also called the “People’s Party” which is no longer in it’s original existence. There is now a party called the ‘American Populist Party’, founded in 2009 whose web site is now inactive, not to be confused with the ‘Populist Party of America’ also known as the ‘People’s Party’ who last had a presidential candidate in 1976. There also was a ‘People’s Party of Utah that was an LDS party that disbanded in 1881.
I take populist to be, or my meaning of populist mainly from the 2nd definition above. I believe that common people, the majority of all citizens, all people shoud be able to vote on the laws and appropriations they are to live under and within. I also believe that what they were getting at by, ‘to advocate the free coinage of silver and government control of monopolies’, has and has to do with private verses public ownership of the monetary system which is our means of exchange of our goods and services. The US Government gave a private group of bankers control of, a monopoly over the monetary system which is contrary to the US Constitution, so yes we are in a constitutional crisis and have been for over 100 years.
To transform the United States from a plutocratic form of government, that has unconstitutionally given to a private elite class: a monetary system monopoly which they use to instigate continuous war and enslave the common working class citizens, into the first modern truly democratic nation. We will organize and facilitate a national people’s referendum process, independent of the de facto government and when our referendums signatories reach critical mass, equaling over 1/2 of the voters in the last presidential election, we will demand that the changes we sign onto take place. We will use nonviolent tactics and work within the framework of the US Constitution, which has been thoroughly trashed and made void for all practical purposes, by the hegemonic, monetary system monopolizing, weapons dealing, war profiteering, cult, cabal class that has been in power since the founding of this government. History has proven this government has opperated over the people rather than being for us and of us. We will attempt to do our work within this criminal government through the election process. We will support only candidates that will implement direct participatory democracy rather than failed, elitist, corporate representative democracy. All citizens eligible to vote should be given the right to vote on legislation and appropriation and be rewarded for their participation.