posted on Jan, 30 2012 @ 07:44 PM
Imagine if the format of ATS was applied to the governance of our country on the local, state and planet level? That rather than trusting men, which
Thomas Jefferson called a fatal mistake, our elected representatives were merely the individuals who carried out our wishes in person?
For the sake of this discussion, let's take for granted all of the noble, Natural or Divine (your choice) human traits and capacity for discernment
referred to by the Founding Fathers is a fact.
Starting on the neighborhood block level, a Block Representative would be elected to take a census of the certified citizens on his block to ascribe
official log-ins. While he was at it, he could get to know his neighbors and their abilities in the event of a natural disaster. By knowing other
Block Representatives, vote results could always be confirmed on a local level.
Once citizens were registered, all would be reminded and taught in school of the civic duty to participate on the forum as time allowed. At that point
all business conducted by the local, state and federal politicians would be conducted absolutely transparently. All new business, budgets, proposed
legislation, etc would be posted and open to the community. No official votes could be made prior to some set amount of time was given for citizens'
input and non-binding online voting.
As an analogy, think of the relatively new process of connecting networked PCs into a grid to create a supercomputer. Just the unutilized processing
power of a couple thousand computers is equivalent to the speed and ability of the most accurate supercomputers.
Imagine a series of cumulative stars and flags to highlight important parts of proposed legislation driving debates all over the country. Think of all
the amazing ideas, experience and knowledge now going to waste. Think of the enormous responsibility we now place into the hands of a very few people
today. Even at the local level, a very small city has a budget of hundreds of millions of dollars. How can any small group of people NOT be tempted to
conspire at some level?
I can't imagine that if the 800 page NDAA bill were broken down into small sections and sent to citizens based on their preselected interests and
experience, ATS would have been able in a couple days to distill it into its most salient and troubling parts. It never would have seen the light of
day had its authors known it was going to be reviewed in such detail prior to a vote. people will naturally become more active during issues effecting
The question is "Are we mature enough as a civilization to embrace the notion all men are created equal?" Or have we become so brainwashed and
fractured that we believe we are neither capable nor deserving?
Am I crazy? I really think this will work. I think we don't have much time to wait and find out. A highschool kid actually did a neighborhood census
where I live last summer as part of a hurricane readiness program. I met a lot of people I would not have known otherwise. It gave me an opening to
meet people under good intentions and mutual aid.
This can start as a highschool civics project and become the great cleansing.