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Why isn't there a forum for voters to discuss ideas, as well as vote on them. Get rid of poli parties, all big decisions are decided by US.

The land of the free sure doesn't have a powerful voice, brainwashed by television while our politicians screw around with our money.

I feel we need a nation wide open discussion forum with a voting system, we have too many politicians while the people don't have a voice. We have the technology to be able to vote collectively on anything that comes to mind. The people can create the ideas, and the people can vote on them. Some people may say the general population don't know enough to make laws, but without being able to contribute, without their opinion counting, why should they learn? Information is all over the internet on basically anything and everything, and everyone has access nowadays, the libraries may need to buy some more computers though.
I'm not saying the general population should have its say on every single law, etc. Some things are too small and only the people interested would care enough to vote. I just think we should have a place to discuss ideas, much like this site, but then come up with a plan and actually vote on it, with the governments full support. Do we want to stop GMO's? Do we want fluoridated water? Do we want 100 square miles in Nevada to be dedicated to solar panels? Do we want the raw safety data and the ability to set our own exposure limits? Do we want free healthcare? Free education? Better education for our children? Less unemployment?
With ever increasing technological advances there are less jobs, and the ones available are becoming more advanced, requiring more education. A masters will get you where a bachelors used to, if that. Will a PhD be required for our children? A PhD along with 100k in debt? With who knows how much taxes to support the increasing and aging retired population.
There are many problems facing us, and the government is in a power struggle. I believe that collectively we can do a much better job at solving the issues with simple popular votes. The current system is just too slow.

  • Feb 11 2014: Pure Democracy such as you propose results in the Majority taking away the rights of the Minority. It is a GOOD thing that there is a long process and many varied special interests that must be navigated to change a law. Instant voting and enactment of laws based on popular demand would be a disaster. Can you imagine turning off the TV at halftime of the Super Bowl because your team was losing, then waking up to find out that nipple rings and Pop music are banned because Janet Jackson had a 'wardrobe malfunction'?
  • Jan 16 2014: I guess my biggest problem with the current system is that there is no way for a citizen to come up with an idea and get it on a ballot without congressional approval. Maybe people don't have much time to learn about bills, but there are plenty of people that love to put that information out there for free.
    How much time do young people spend on facebook, twitter, youtube? How much time do people spend on youtube? People, especially the internet age, love learning. Most may be watching Miley Cyrus or Justin Beiber, but word of mouth(text) will send them to a video about a current problem with solution.
    Most people don't have time to come up with the specific details, but everyone must make time for general ideas. Oh and on point 1. yes we the people must vote politicians out of a job, we don't need that many when we're all connected. Its an old system that is no longer needed with the internet.
    What's the difference between New York and California? a 3 hour time difference? Or is it a µ sec?
  • Jan 13 2014: I agree with the general idea, but in all reality there are a few problems.
    1. There would have to be a full redue on the representation part of the constitution which will never happen because that would litterally mean politicians voting themselves out of the job.
    2. How many people do you really think have time to read, make,amend, dicuss, and vote on bills. I'm in collage right now and I barely have enoigh time to cooment on ted talks.
    3. Most people are not educated enough to make a pure democracy like what you are talking about work. Compare the amount of phd' s in america to the amount of highschool drop outs,highschool grads, one-year-o-collage people an you.will find a vast land slide toward the undereducated side.

    Butother than that I like the idea.