posted on Jul, 27 2008 @ 02:18 PM
reply to post by foremanator
Your argument is deeply flawed.
The poor are not well represented under the current system, as you say, however that does not provide any support for your proposal of a system that
would do an even poorer job of representing them.
Another point has come to mind for me. Not even an organization as comparatively small as congress can manage its schedule in a completely democratic
fashion. They need the Rules Committee and the Ways and Means Committee to keep things moving smoothly. Those committees are of course very powerful
positions for sabotaging or shepherding legislation, even when the people contending against that power are career politicians. Imagine how powerful
they would be against the average citizens.
We are not merely looking at the poor not being able to make every vote, but at an elite few being able to exclude the poor and many other
demographics. And those people would be INVISIBLE in the system you propose, mark my words. The sheer volume would ensure it. There would be so many
proposed revisions to bills that you never even knew you didn't get to see, because some aparatchik
topped other votes on the website, etc.
Unlike in the current system, you wouldn't know who was screwing you. If push comes to shove we can always form a good old fashioned lynch mob, place
congress under citizens arrest, and conduct the trial and execution right out on the Mall. Even that admittedly unlikely recourse is gone from us in
the proposed system of direct democracy.
And that's before we even get into the obvious problems with budget. Democracy is done for when the poor realize that they can vote themselves money.
Frankly, a republic is necessary to protect democracy from such problems.
Now, as I discussed back when I was a candidate in the Above Politics election, I do believe that there should be a federal ballot initiative process,
including one for impeachment and constitutional ammendment. It would certainly do us some good to be able to make an end run around the politicians
on matters of importance. It would however be a bad idea to place the whole dang system in the hands of an unreliable, underinformed public that is
not at all prepared to contend with the political machinations of the elite.