"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)
You can have different views then society, but it is impractical for society to conform to what a minority groups believes too much. You don't need to respect them, but I am sure you understand that majority opinion (even just through representatives) is the best way to make collective decisions.
Sure, we all want the political process to have results that suit us, but that is not practical, unless you are a dictator.
Are you proposing that the only just society is one where you are the ultimate leader? It sounds like that you are.
The problem with that is that there is no checks to make sure that your decisions are helpful for society. Additionally, there is a huge conflict of interest where you would put your own interest above the society, its human nature.
I can go into the reasons against dictatorship if that is what you really support.
But how do you prevent stupid ideas from becoming law?No, I don't. If the majority is retarded, then majority opinion is proportionally retarded, and any process by which retarded-- inefficient, counterproductive, and/or morally misguided-- opinions are made into law is obviously not the best way to govern. The best way to govern is through any system in which stupid ideas are prevented from becoming law and in which effective solutions are rewarded.
The choice is either dictatorship, Constitutional restraints on democracy, or democracy.
Even if you have a Constitution, majority opinion can still change the Constitution.
There should be some mixture of the two. Issues which have a national scope should be dealt with on a national level, and issues which have a more localized or regional scope should be dealt with by the states.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.