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Should the US political system change into a 'direct democracy'?

Asked by: sophiejohnson024
  • The American people are angry in that they cannot make the decisions but only elected corrupt politicians can.

    The American people are angry in that they cannot make the decisions but only elected corrupt politicians can. Because Americans have no voting power on the decisions that they want to make for their country while corrupt officials do is the reason why US politics is very divided. Most Americans cite the preamble of the US Constitution "We the People" to justify this. In reality, "We the People" signifies that the US political system should based on 'direct democracy'.

    Only one country follows this example and that country is Switzerland. Switzerland is a federal republic, just like the United States, but adopts a political system of 'direct democracy' other than 'represenative democracy'. In this system, the Swiss people vote and decide the decisions they make that benefits their country. Plus, the country is not politically divided.

    American politics would be less divided if it changed to a 'direct democracy'. This fulfills the "We the People" preamble of the US Constitution.

  • 10.103 Bills Last Year.

    10.103. That's the number of Bills Congress went through last year. In what fantasy does a man believe the General Populace can deal with 10.000 bills? That is about 27-28 bills a day. Including Weekends and Holidays. It is literally impossible for the General Populace to respond to all these bills. The fact is, The Average America has Jobs. Family. Friends. Life in General. And Everything inbetween. How do they find time? Most don't find time to even dscuss the major bills beyond superficial two-sentence pictures on Facebook.

    Every bill needs some level of consideration. People only talk about the major topics. They only have take to thoroughly know a few topics in general. How can they be expected to give consideration to 10.000 topics. We need elected representatives in order to give all these topics the consideration they need. Or at least more consideration then we could.

    You make the dangerous mistake of assuming that Congress doesn't Represent us. I disagree. Congress represents us near perfectly. How so? Because American's refuse to compromise with each other. Americans are not a single group, fighting an ideological war agianst some misterous micro-minority that seems to have all the power. We are a thousand ideologies that are so deluded in our imagined majority (most people seem to think they are the "American" people), that many refuse to give voice to the other side. At the best, it is only given condescandingly. If the American Population refused to compromise, How can Congress? Any representative who dared to compromise with the enemy (which is how many view the opposing parties) would be shut out by their former supporters.

    And on truly contriversial topics where neither side holds a dominant majority, it isn't just wrong for Congress to force a law without compromise (which they won't do, since their voters would turn on them), it is downright a breach of their powers. It is also something to be concerned about, since it would imply that Congress's ideological Makeup is different from that of the Nations. This is truley an instance of "Man in the Mirror". It isn't a problem with Congress, it is a problem with the population. I know, it's sacrilege to dare suggest the People are wrong.

    In Instances where the nation is divided on a subject, it should be left to the states, which will be able to create a law representing their own populace better without interference from other ideologically opposing states.

    No, Representative Democracy isn't perfect. But Direct Democracy would fail immediately as the only bills that draw attention would be the few that the Media make big. In fact, I would dare to say that in a Direct Democracy, the Media would become our new Law Makers through their ability to control the views of millions of Americans.

    Representative Democracy isn't perfect, but it's far better then Direct Democracy. If there is a problem, there will be a solution. That Solution is not "Try a Logically Worse System".

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