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Andrew Witte

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Direct democracy Vs Representative democracy. A network to connect and empower America with our US politicians and our elected leadership.

I am developing a social network that could change the way America's political agenda is set. I would like to reset the tone of America by giving all Americans a choice in our futures again. One American network for all Americans. I believe America does not get involved with US politics merely because it’s complicated and we have all lost trust in our representative democracy. America wants a choice in what’s happening to us all, so let’s give it to them by creating a Direct Democracy network where the citizen has the power to make change on all levels. In the network the user will be able to view current bills on the floor at the congressional, senate, and presidential level. The user will have the ability to vote on these bills and view the voting results of all Ameritics users as they move to the respective floors of the house or reps and on the president’s desk. Ameritics users will be able to connect with other users and with their elected leaders; via the congressional district tab (connecting with citizens in your district), Senate state tab (connecting with citizens in your state), and Presidential tab (connecting with citizens in the United States). I believe more brains are better than one which is why I’m introducing a think tank; an area within the site where users join forces to create and share ideas on how to fix problems in their district, state, and country levels. The user will also have access to daily Q&A’s as well as current and trending news, a history of their district and state representatives, and approval ratings based on Ameritics activity. A real-time debt clock can also be found on the network. Ameritics users will be able to integrate their Ameritics activity with their personal social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Together we can empower our citizens. Our futures and our children’s futures depend on it.

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    Jul 3 2012: Is this a forerunner towards direct-democracy in the US? Or is this voting feature to be seen more like a trend-o-meter of public approval?
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      Jul 9 2012: Jan-Bernd Pauli,
      Categorically speaking this would be a notional version of direct-democracy, but the notional could absolutely drop off If America rallies and uses Ameritcs as the point of excess to be involved in government. If my theory on how Ameritcs will work we will see Congress and the Senate, change their tone and use Ameritics as a tool and be that true representative that represents on behalf of their constituents. I believe this is the change that most of America is looking for. America cannot afford to stand by and watch our leaders steal from peter to pay Paul and throw money at issues. We as citizens must be more proactive and less reactive with government. My biggest goal is to walk up to any American and ask what they think of the elected leader. And no longer hear well I think there all crooks or I don’t like them... I to be able to trust my leader and know that he or she is taking my individual votes, collective district vote, State collective vote, and vote on thier respective floors purely on a common core of ideals and statistics given by the citizens they lead.
      Thank you for your question.

      Andrew Witte

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