Self-governance must be restored across America. Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG) will elevate awareness and provide resources, advocacy, and education to grassroots organizations and individuals exercising their rights to govern themselves.
A government where our American heritage of self-governance is restored.
What is Self-Governance
The United States of America was created by self-governing citizens. The main purpose of government is to protect the citizen’s natural rights to Life, Liberty and Property. The federal government should only act where we, the people, have intentionally granted authority. Self-governance ensures that citizens control the selection and accountability of elected officials and governmental administrations. Self-governance is our answer to the most basic question: “Who Decides?”
In a self-governing society, decisions are made as close to home as possible, optimally by the individual, the family, or the community. Thousands of grassroots organizations across our nation are fighting the battle over “Who Decides”.
CSG has embarked on an ambitious plan to support those warriors fighting against entrenched power in our grassroots. We will amplify and connect these warriors in order to take power away from big government and the big money that influences it…and return the power to its rightful owners, the people.
Our platform is a simple one. Just as each branch of government checks and balances the power of others, our Four Pillars of Self-Governance will enable the conservative grassroots to restore our country to a republic with effective self-governance. SIDE with CSG in making these four pillars a reality:
Shared values — Incumbent accountability — Dispersed power — Engaged citizens
For more information on our Four Pillars, click here.
Our mission and vision are ambitious, but must be fulfilled. In order to do that, the grassroots must be in the town hall, the public square, or the village green to gather Americans who hunger to regain control of their government and their lives. Citizens for Self-Governance is committed to helping the grassroots grow accomplish this mission. To view our brochure that fully describes our organization and our pillars, click here. Please share it with others.
Mark Meckler, President
Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide.
Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline.
Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law.
When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.
Eric O’Keefe has a twenty-five year history as an active strategist, board member and donor with organizations working to advance individual liberty, promote citizen engagement and restore constitutional governance. O’Keefe helped found U.S. Term Limits in 1991 and, and in recent years, co-founded the Campaign for Primary Accountability, the Health Care Compact Alliance, and Citizens for Self-Governance. O’Keefe is also a founding board member of the Center for Competitive Politics and Citizens in Charge Foundation.
O’Keefe’s book on the corruption of Congress, Who Rules America, won praise from the late freedom advocate Milton Friedman.
O’Keefe also serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, which has been active defending Gov. Walker’s agenda during legislative campaigns, recall campaigns, and legislative races.
When he is not engaged in political activities, O’Keefe is a private investor based in rural Wisconsin, where he and his wife raised three children.
Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Pam received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, Pam worked in environmental monitoring and in the power industry. She later earned her MS in Business Administration and spent three years working on her doctorate in Finance and Statistics, both at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Pamela left graduate school to accept a position at Hewlett-Packard in Product Marketing and Development. After more than two decades in high tech, she retired in 2006 from Agilent Technologies and moved to Florida with her husband.
Pam had planned to spend her retirement volunteering at her church and enjoying leisure activities. However, in December 2009, she attended her first Tea Party event where Lt. Col. Allen West was introduced as a new candidate for Congress.
Since then, she has been passionate about the potential for the Tea Party movement and soon thereafter began building Tea Party groups in Palm Beach County. Using her management and organizational development skills, Pam co-founded the Palm Beach County Tea Party serving as the group’s Executive Director. She later became the State Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, a national Tea Party organization where she worked until December 2012.
Pam sees her move to Citizens for Self-Governance as taking a step toward being better able to help grassroots organizations, to be better organized in the fight to return our country to its founding principles not only in Florida, but all over the US.
When not working, Pam chairs the Women About Youth Ministry that she co-founded at her church. Real downtime is spent playing tennis and bridge, reading, sailing and doting over her grandchildren.
Michael Ruthenberg, National Coordinator
Mike is a Southern California native who spent half of his adult life as a Democrat. He worked at both University of San Diego (USD) and San Diego State University (UCSD) for a combined 13 years while awakening as a Conservative. His formal involvement in political causes began when he was the Training Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.
His first career position was with USD, where he founded and directed a program that provides wilderness outdoor travel and leadership opportunities to university students. After developing this program, he revived a similar program at the UCSD.
Mike was a founding board member of the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) where he was involved in creating standards for human-powered outdoor recreation for colleges and universities, as well as Military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. He later became a board member of ORCA, the Outdoor Recreation Coalition of America, now known as the Outdoor Industry Association.
Mike has been self-employed since leaving the Outdoor Recreation Industry. He has two businesses and has developed cutting edge training programs on the World Wide Web, including co-founding a web-based training company.
Mike is a father of three boys, coaches youth sports, is a Boy Scout Leader, and spends time cycling with his wife. He participates in many outdoor sports. Mike has a B.A. in Journalism from San Diego State University (SDSU).