Recently, I was taking with a friend about the Syria issue, and how it seemed like congress wasn't actually listening to what the people of the USA
actually want to happen. My friend, being interested in politics, purposed the following political idea as a theoretical solution:
1. Instead of "electing" officials for office, a random selection of people would be picked to represent the USA.
2. This "random draw" would be held on 3-month intervals (in other words, every three months, a new set of people would be randomly drawn in).
3. The people eligible for being picked would need to be of legal age and legally living in America (as in, 21 years or older, and must be an official
member of the USA).
4. The number of people that are selected would be an odd number, so that if a vote ever came to a battle between two sides, at least one side would
be able to pull a win.
5. If, for whatever reason, a particular person could not fulfill the three month term (such as an active member in the armed services, or someone
attending college), then another random person would be selected until all positions are filled.
6. If no common agreement could be met on a bill or item that needed passing, then an anonymous vote (yes or no), would be conducted. Because of the
odd number of people, there should always be a yes or no answer, and no standoff.
These were the strong points of using such a system (at least, according to my friend).
1. A "fresher" pool of people that can be used to represent the USA - Part of the problem is that we always elect those that "make a campaign"; what
if someone, out in the middle of one of the states, had a brilliant idea to make their nation better, but could not get anyone to listen? Giving a
random pool of people this kind of power might allow that one person to share his idea among others, and maybe, the issue would pass.
2. A random selection might also help to better represent the US, as a whole - With politicians, they always seem to be considered above the normal,
everyday human. Now, put someone into the seat that has worked with everyday, normal humans on a regular basis - they may know some of the hardships
that are experienced by those "everyday Joes", the ones that do not get their voices heard.
3. The three month term would allow for a shorter waiting time to refresh the political pot, so to speak. So instead of seeing the same old faces make
the same old mistakes, every three months would bring fresh, new faces into the pool.
Me, loving to play the Devil's advocate, came up with a few negatives to using such a system.
1. The "random" selection would need to be monitored, and the selection pool (all the available people that could be selected) , would need to be
monitored by some agency (as a programmer, I know that if you can figure out the seed for the random number selection, then you can predict the next
numbers that will appear).
The problem with this is that in today's time, how can you trust that agency?
2. This body of people could still be susceptible to the same influences that everyday politicians were & are (such as bribes, scandalous affairs,
under the table deals, etc). In theory, this could make that person as bad as the current ones are.
3. The "randomness" of the selection. Here's my problem with this - Because of how a random number generator (which I would assume would be used in
this fictional universe) works, it's possible that the people being selected might all be from the same "group" (for example, it's entirely possible
that the majority of the people selected are a neo-nazi mafia doomsday cult, just as it's possible that all the people are neither democrat nor
republican). Then, the issue becomes: Would you want these people to really represent us?
4. It's also possible that all the people selected come from the same state - which would cause an entirely different problem (aka "Hmph, State A is
selected to lead, but the other 49 states aren't qualified for this...").
Seeing as neither of us could agree on if such a system could work, I'm turning it over to you, ATS society. Do you think that the purposed political
system my friend offered could work? Or, is the system doomed to fail, as I feel it would?
NOTE: I haven't heard of any governments that actually use a similar system, so I will say this in my friend's defense - How to we know something
won't work if we have never tried it before?
edit on 6/9/2013 by fossilera because: title seemed a little incorrect - Fixed.