Easy to wield, powerful, influence on elected officials.
Is the following idea worth spreading?
My premise is that politicians feed on public sentiment. They go with the flow in their voracious quest for popularity/re-election.
Recent developments in online communication have made it possible for every citizen to easily participate in the creation of an accurate picture of public sentiment. Before this technology existed it was a small minority who bothered to contact their elected officials, and, as the squeaky wheel, they got the grease! Biased pollsters using manipulative techniques do not give an accurate representation to politicians.
We should use our computers to make easy, frequent expressions of our opinions directly to those who will vote to determine the outcome. The message should make clear what vote (yea or nay) is desired. It must also be stated that the message is from a voting constituent. I think it would exert real force on elected officials. I will write a closing statement, so make your comments easy to classify.
Closing Statement from edward long
One thought is that the technology is not sufficiently advanced to guarantee an unbiased, tamper-free result.
Apathy, which can cause even the best idea to be stillborn, was mentioned as the real culprit in the disconnect between the people and the lawmakers. It was suggested that TED could grow to become a trusted way for elected officials to keep their finger on the pulse of America. The idea of "citizen lobbyists" was mentioned as a now-possible benefit of the internet. Some say the situation is doomed to continue as is with voters choosing bad leaders. Overall, if the idea has any merit it seems to be as an antidote to apathy. A simple way of telling elected officials exactly how you want them to vote on specific issues has some support.