He's not my representative. He's my bitch!
Now... I'm not suggesting that 'Adventures in Direct Democracy' are for everyone. But when House members increasingly act without restraint, without accountability to their constituents--when partisans on both sides of the aisle scream for the heads of their opponents--the appeal of your own bitch in the House of Representatives is obvious.
Hell, even though the radical right wants to march us off to convert the heathens--oh and get their oil--just after we round up the gays for deportation, I bet that if each of us were personally responsible for directing our representative more moderate views would prevail. Then we'd really get down to the essence of what America is all about. But there are problems. Three of them to be exact:
- Direct democracy takes an informed electorate, and that's exactly what our two major parties don't want because an informed electorate is less susceptible to deceitful campaign advertising.
- We haven't got an informed electorate and creating one may take more time than we have for an experiment of this kind.
- Though we can solve many of the technical problems of DD, we can't do it without the Internet and hope to make it work. Unfortunately creating DD online risks alienating 10's of millions of voters.
Betty...no question, but hasn't our technology reached a level where experiments in direct democracy are no possible? Of course, then we also have to deal with the 'Diebold effect'.
Fred, until we do away with winner take all apportionment 3rd parties are a non-issue at least at the national level.
Anyway, all of your jokes aside, this could actually work. It would be true Democracy. The representative system really started more for practical reasons than anyting else (like the electoral college). With computers, we could do away with both of them.
Although it might just be pure chaos.
Fashiongirl, but in this system flip-flopping would be a good thing.
Praguetwin, there would have to be some high-strengh authentication and validity checking in the system, but these are all solved problems. As I mentioned, disenfranchising people without access to the Internet would be the bigger issue, IMHO.