Originally posted by kettlebellysmith
Once the progressives came to power (T. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Truman), we begain moving toward big government.
It's because during the time of Teddy Roosevelt all the way up to Truman we became active on the World Stage and our nation, and the world we were
taking a part in, became far more complex. Isolationism was no longer a feasible option, and the idyllic form of government we once had was no longer
sufficient to do it's job in addition to all the new roles it had to undertake in the changing nation.
Change rapidly happened far faster then anyone could have anticipated and hasn't slowed down since, but rather accelerated since those times.
The problem is that government added to itself piece-meal as the needs arose, without foresight or much thought. It was a reaction rather than an
action. Because of that, most of that additional government was created without proper oversight, checks and balances, and without a clear purpose
when times continued to change.
Governments do need to change with the times, and as a population gets larger, those governments are bound to get larger as well. That is
However, we do need to streamline our government with foresight of what the future may have in store for us and make it more dynamic, able to change
according to needs, but with limitation and checks and balances to keep it all reasonable, efficient, and self-regulated. There is no doubt that our
current government is bloated and sick and needs to lay off a few pounds by shedding some of it's weight to get better. K.I.S.S. needs to apply to
our Federal governmental model.
Although I do agree with the OP that the time is right for introducing a Direct Participatory Democracy.
In my mind, the biggest problem with our government is that an elite social class has been created, a new aristocracy of life-time politicians and
multi-generational politicians who lead this nation. We have allowed those elite to not only stay in power but to be corrupted by greed spread by
Corporate Interests, Lobbyists and Special Interest Groups. By allowing Congress the ability to both draft the laws and vote on the laws, we have
become as close to a Corporatocracy as one could possibly come. The easiest solution, to reign in Corporate power over government and make our
government by the people, of the people, and for the people once again is to limit Congress to the drafting of laws, allowing the people to vote on
legislation directly rather than limiting that ability to the same people who drafted those laws in their own interests. Congress can still retain
it's same oversight powers over the Executive Branch, however, it is long overdue that people take back the power to pass legislation back from
Congress and reserve it for the people at large, rather than the select few who serve only their own financial interests in serving the Corporations,
Lobbyists and Special Interests rather than our own.