So, last night my television watching was interrupted by a presidential address, concerning our plans with the war, along with a democratic rebuttal. I didn’t change the channel, I was actually a bit interested. After watching it though, I thought ‘What the hell was the point of that?’ Why even bother stating your case on national television? It’s not like we have a a vote. The President came out and told us their plan for withdrawal, then the democrat came out and told us their plan, then some people talked about it. Great, so we, the people, have heard both sides of the argument, but why? IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT WE THINK.
Here’s my idea. America loves game shows right now, right? Next time they want to have one of these debates on television, Americans should be able to call in, or jump on the internet, and vote. Have them answer ten questions about the subject at hand, and then vote yes or no. The percentage or questions they answer correctly will determine the percentage of one vote that their vote counts for. For instance, if they answer 4 out of 10 questions correction, their vote counts as .4 of a vote. The cumulative vote of the people would then be some fraction of the total vote in congress.
The system need only be secured by a social security number/4-digit pin combo, and obviously as much protection from ‘hackers’ as we can get, though I’d hope we could count on good will, being as it’s an attempt to actually put some power back in the hands of the people. Also, this system would require increased transparency of our political system and the issues at hand, which would be quite the opposite of our current system.
The same could be done for elections, minus the whole ‘percentage of a vote’ thing. If we had a secure system that we could call in or vote on the internet, our voter turnout would rise tremendously. The main reason I rarely vote, aside from the corrupt nature of our political system, is all of the hassle involved.
Of course, the idea of letting real people have a voice in our government probably scares the hell out of elected officials, who would have to initiate such a program. So the chances of it ever happening are nill. A man can dream, though.
The funny part is, we, as a country, are always storming into other countries to protect the people from corrupt leaders. We question why those people can’t do anything themselves, yet we Americans never question our own government. At least never in a way that might bring about change. Sure, we joke about the corruption, in fact, several hours of entertainment are devoted strictly to pointing out the flaws in the system, but we never actually stand up and demand change. And things are only getting worse everyday.
I don’t know, what does everyone else out there think?