View Poll Results: Would direct democracy be suitable for the U.S.A.?

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Thread: Direct democracy in the USA?

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    Direct democracy in the USA?


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    I'll ask my representative to vote no.
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    Re: Direct democracy in the USA?

    No.

    There's way too many people with too little time.

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    Re: Direct democracy in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    No.

    There's way too many people with too little time.
    With the use of technology? Vote on laws via text messaging. I'd be okay with it for local stuff just to test out the concept.

    BTW: I think Congress should be able to meet and vote via the aid of technology in emergencies. I can't see why Congressmen cannot be linked to the Capital using something at home that incorporates something like C-Span and Skype over a secure satellite or Internet connection when they're not officially in session and something serious come up.
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    Re: Direct democracy in the USA?

    No. Representative government is proving to be too much of a challenge for a population that insists on voting without grasping the issues. Direct democracy would crash and burn almost at once.
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    Re: Direct democracy in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    You cannot have direct democracy in any country today. In order for direct democracy to work you need a highly educated, highly connected, highly informed population. And since most people are idiots... it's doomed to fail from the get go.

    Say an idiot makes a law that says: everyone should get 50k $. A lot of idiots would vote for yes, thinking, sure, i could use the money.
    And the intelligent people who would think it through will vote no... but the overwhelming majority of stupid will vote yes.

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    Re: Direct democracy in the USA?

    The more politicians rely on favorability and opinion polls, the more I think we may already have a direct democracy of sorts.

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    Re: Direct democracy in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    You cannot have direct democracy in any country today. In order for direct democracy to work you need a highly educated, highly connected, highly informed population. And since most people are idiots... it's doomed to fail from the get go.

    Say an idiot makes a law that says: everyone should get 50k $. A lot of idiots would vote for yes, thinking, sure, i could use the money.
    And the intelligent people who would think it through will vote no... but the overwhelming majority of stupid will vote yes.
    You think the people who are in charge are any better . Any adroit person can vote for the people in charge who vote on issues like money . If your logic with the 50k in everyone's pocket is valid why isn't the people we put in charge not suggesting or voting for it since every idiot is voting for them and they need their vote to stay in power .

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    Re: Direct democracy in the USA?

    I would say no, because Democracy is not a good idea in practice, especially in a country so heterogeneous and large, population wise, as the U.S.
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    Re: Direct democracy in the USA?

    I would say yes, but not in all aspects of the government.

    In some areas for example, instead of new governmental agencies (lets pick on the EPA for example), new policies as they apply to the environment would possibily benefit from a direct democracy role where the people can directly affect the policy and outcome. In other areas I would say No, for example the BATF or National Security - where government has a role and needs to act without the benefit of the popular vote in cases where security of individuals or the country are threatened.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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