Lyle, a retired environmental engineer with conservative roots, wasn’t inclined to political activism until the Supreme Court’s January 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision. However, in an era already given over to brazen corruption of both our elections and the government by big money, Citizens United moved him to action. He believes that profoundly undemocratic decision, among others, is directly contributing to our country’s decline into an oligarchy of concentrated wealth, where the corrupting power of big money dominates our elections, drowns out the voices of ordinary citizens, and destroys the integrity and credibility of American democracy in the mind of the electorate at large. Most importantly he wants to leave his grandchildren their birthright to a living democracy, a birthright he believes is in grave danger. He also believes returning political sovereignty to the people is not a Republican or Democrat issue, a liberal or conservative issue. It is an American issue.
Lyle is active in the Coalition to Restore Democracy and on the Board of Common Cause, Illinois.