posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 12:37 PM
Despite the fact that America loves to throw the word 'Democracy' about, most of us here are aware that we live in a republic. However, I believe
that technology has reached a point where we can create a true democracy with relative ease.
Basically, I would like to remove the House of Representatives and replace it with a vote from each and every person. Each registered voter would be
entitled to a single vote on every piece of proposed legislation.
This may seem like a massive undertaking, but I consider it to be very feasible. We would simply need to give everyone, for free, something like an
iPhone or Blackberry where they would be able to view, comment on and vote on legislation that has already passed the senate.
"But giving everyone an iPhone would cost like a trillion dollars!!!?!!1"
No. The production cost of an iPhone currently sits at $173.34. The device one would need to read, comment on and vote on legislation doesn't need
to but maybe half of what an iPhone can so I think it would be cheaper. But using the above figure as the highest cost per unit, and considering
there are about 180,000,000 registered voters in America we're looking at a start up cost of around $31 billion.
There are other cost considerations, such as the infrastructure to support the system and on going cost such as maintenance that would have to be
provided free to public. Still, by abolishing the House we would gain about $4 billion a year, which may well cover the maintenance costs.
The whole system seems fiscally sound to me, as it would only account for about 0.011% of the governments 2008 budget to get going.
"But what are you going to do... have everyone write laws? We will be voting on stupid stuff all day long."
The way I see it working best is a lot like it does now. Elected officials in the Senate would present new legislation as they currently do, and
legislation would be voted on by the Senate as it currently is. Only after passing the Senate would legislation be sent to the masses for
Having passed the Senate, the legislation will be automatically downloaded to everyone's voting tool where they would have a week to review and make
their decision. If someone dissents, they would be given the opportunity to mention why. Thus, if rejected, the law makers will know what needs
changing to make it pass.
I am aware that the whole idea is a massive undertaking and stands a snowballs chance in hell of ever being postulated by someone with the means to
implement it, but I thinks its at the very least plausible.