I hate the government.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
Representative democracy - NO
Direct democracy - YES
So, sifting through these responses sure has been illuminating. I think I now understand how governments can get away with the crap they do. It's painfully obvious how GWB could easily get the Patriot Act through Congress. But hey, we voted for it, albeit indirectly.
I encourage everyone to stop thinking about democracy as anarchy. The practical application of direct democracy is through what is called participatory democracy. Here the people still democratically elect representatives but they also have to power of referendums and initiatives that serve no use other than to hold their politicians accountable to the people.
I think the truth is, most governments are scared to death of participatory democracy because of this holding politicians accountable to the people and not to the special interests, the Fed, etc. So, enter the spin doctors to create as much FUD as possible with this mob rule stuff and voila! the people will accept anything the minority ruling class do as long as they don't end up with majority rule. I think I am starting to see a trend here: WMDs, terrorists, mob rule... Don't worry, our concerned politicians will make everything right us, and they don't even need to consult us because they are superior to us. Trust them.
Here's the problem. A hamfisted educational standard doesn't take into account actual subject matter expertise. A close relative of mine aced the math portion of his college placement exam, yet hasn't the slightest grasp of finance or the economy in general. To get an accurate assessment of true knowledge on individual topics, one would literally have to have a personal q&a with every potential voter, with the questions being uniformly accepted as an accurate and objective measure of knowledge. This would likely strip away the weight of many of our senior citizens and those with a casual interest in politics but a vested interest in particular swing issues. A nightmarish proposition with even worse effects.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
democracy is the most vile form of government--James Madison
John Adams wrote in 1806: "I once thought our Constitution was quasi or mixed government, but they (Republicans) have now made it, to all intents and purposes, in virtue, in spirit, and in effect, a democracy. We are left without resources but in our prayers and tears, and have nothing that we can do or say, but the Lord have mercy on us." --john adams
Anti-Democracy advocate, Mixed government is the only good government
THE second point to be examined is, whether the [constitutional ]convention were authorized to frame and propose this mixed Constitution.
Oh, wait, we already have that problem under representative democracy also, and not just in science related fields.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.