Monday, May 4, 2009

Is True Democracy Dead...

capital building legislature senate house of representatives washington district of columbia

...or is it just time to get rid of the Legislature?

In this day and age with lightening speed modern technology, why are we not the one’s making the decisions on our future?

We put people in office to represent us, but is this really the case? Do they actually represent us or that of their own personal agenda & their corporate campaign contributors?

Yes, if we are not happy with our congressperson, we can vote them out of office. But, that may be too late. The damage could already be done. The missed opportunity may be gone.

Is what we are seeing a true democracy? I’m surely not promoting autocracy or oligarchy. But don’t we need changes in our present system to really and ultimately represent that of the people?

Presently our system is that of a representative democracy, but don’t you think we should possibly consider a more direct form of government with limited representation. Just take a look at Vermont where they have yearly town meeting to decide local issues. On a larger scale, we have Switzerland where they vote on national referendums two to four times a year. Granted, we have not seen direct democracy utilized on any large scale such as that of the United States.

With all the information at our fingertips, why not change, besides the fact that many of our representatives would then be out of a job? Think of the monies that we could save and be put to better use. Wouldn’t you like more say in our government and how it works? Wouldn’t you be more involved if you were given the chance to say yea or nay to an issue?

Of course, then this begs further on other issues such as campaign reform; lobbyists; and, of course, the dreaded electoral college.

President Theodore Roosevelt, in his "Charter of Democracy" speech stated "I believe in the Initiative and Referendum, which should be used not to destroy representative government, but to correct it whenever it becomes misrepresentative."

We hear a lot of talk from all levels of government, but isn’t this just rhetoric? Is what you are hearing generally representative of your point of view?

Till next time….Marc It Sold!

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