Sunday, September 23, 2007

How Direct Democracy will save the USA

A long-standing problem of democracy is the role of money in the political system. In America, many attempts at reform have been mounted but all have failed. Now, a new political concept should be tried: direct democracy.

Some political offices (usually in large legislatures rather than senior judicial or executive positions) should no longer be filled by popular vote. Instead, one eligible citizen is chosen at random (like serving jury duty) to fill each office. He holds office for one fixed term, receives the same (enormous) pay that a politician does, and then returns to private life. Office holders are supported by qualified governmental staffs, helping to advise them on technical matters.

This system could easily be tried in the lower house of the Colorado Congress. It is a natural evolution of representative democracy and should be tried on the local level and if successful, the House in the US Congress should be converted to this system as well. Healthy democracy comes from the general public, but when political elites are as out of touch with the general population, that becomes a very serious issue indeed. We have moved into the Information Age and we need to start living like it, instead of acting like a bunch of meek sheep. Otherwise, you will certainly be sheared one day ;)

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Politicians should be able to receive clear and concise direction from their constituents. Previously this has been done through letter-writing and "call your Senator" campaigns, which are only slightly effective. Unfortunately, many lawmakers do not want such "interference" in their governing but such elitist attitudes must now be curbed since the elites and the general populace are literally out of synch with one another. The people's voices must now be heard. The creation of a specific online voting booth that politicians can access at any given time will show just what the average citizen is thinking on any given piece of legislation. States should encourage once-a-month voting on local issues by asking citizens to take a stronger role in the government. This can easily be done by using the Internet. It is critically important that politicians her and understand what their constituents want, otherwise their will be a substantial fracture within this country between the average citizen and the "elites".

1)The so-called "white tree" at Jena High, often reported to be the domain of only white students, was nothing of the sort, according to teachers and school administrators; students of all races, they say, congregated under it at one time or another.

2)Two nooses _ not three _ were found dangling from the tree. Beyond being offensive to blacks, the nooses were cut down because black and white students "were playing with them, pulling on them, jump-swinging from them, and putting their heads through them," according to a black teacher who witnessed the scene.

3)There was no connection between the September noose incident and December attack, according to Donald Washington, an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department in western Louisiana, who investigated claims that these events might be race-related hate crimes.

4)The three youths accused of hanging the nooses were not suspended for just three days _ they were isolated at an alternative school for about a month, and then given an in-school suspension for two weeks.

5)The six-member jury that convicted Bell was, indeed, all white. However, only one in 10 people in LaSalle Parish is African American, and though black residents were selected randomly by computer and summoned for jury selection, none showed up.

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Finally, Reagan
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' - Ronald Reagan

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