Most Americans take pride in the fact that we are a Democratic Republic, where even the minority can find equal representation, which is not even remotely true, unless said minority is well-financed. Even so, most believe our country to be fair and just, equal handed and open to all, mostly because we have such a governing system based on laws that are supposed to protect the natural rights of every woman and man. Yet, over the past sixty or so years, our Republic has become more of a hindrance than an assistance, especially to our civil liberties.
Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has been promoting a rather ingenious idea, Jeffersonian governance. Citizens crafting with their representatives legislation needed to improve their lives and deciding on local budgets, a sort of self-government system, which is sorely needed.
Instead of how it works now, where well-financed interests pay to have their message heard, have their laws enacted, and have their representation elected to serve everyone. By circumventing our Republic and engaging in faux-direct democracy, we come closer to arriving at how our country should really be governed, and that is by the people.
I know, the majority will destroy the minority, and those without representation will have to flee in horror at the majority's repression. While this can be true, fear mongering and straw man arguments aside, I actually have empirical evidence of the ills of representative democracy, and that always trumps imagined fears.
The profits of representative democracy are enormous, can be controlled more easily than trying to control direct democracy and the people's collective will, and a great way to only provide a set of forced choices, instead of protecting the right of individuals to choose freely.
Perhaps our founders believed representative democracy to be in the middle of direct democracy and authoritarian rule, but I think we could slide even further over to the side of direct democracy with the assistance of a voluntary state, perhaps even a forced state like we have now, but with a much smaller, less influential version of this forced state (if such a thing can even exist).
Until we vote outside of the two major political parties (democrats and republicans), move towards a cooperative governance with our people and elected representatives, or some other more efficient way to conduct our society, our Republic as it stands has brought our country to an uneasy stand still.
A stand still that could only come as a result of a country guided by a destructive force and an uneducated electorate, something our Republic has produced infinitely by only offering two false choices that are really just one bad stupid choice.