Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 19, 2011, 4:49 p.m. EST by Persephonie
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So, I have been thinking about things for a while and I had an idea. I just want to say though that I am not the most knowledgeable about politics and all that, and this is just a thought.
A major part of the issues we are having is that politicians are bought, and they don't actually represent the people.
But well, what if somehow the general population had more input and say with there politicians?
Now, we can write letters or make calls, but many people don't bother to do this as they don't know what is going on in politics, or they just feel so confused by all the news that they don't really know what is going on as everything is just being manipulated.
I was just thinking in this age of technology it would be easy if there was a website put up that would explain laws that are proposed(though it would be hard to get an unbiased explanation, but perhaps whoever would be in charge of writing this up would have to present all visible sides of the argument to be as unbiased as possible). Then lets say voters within a district could be issued a username and password, then vote on if they think their congressman should say yes or no to it. The website would of course have to be known to the congressman or representative(or the results could be sent to them), and it would have to be clear that the people voting were from their district. Then the website could track how often the politician actually followed the will of the people, and perhaps the politician could also post news bits and explain why he did not follow the people's will (as well, politics is complicated so it is understandable that sometimes they would have to make a different decision).
Now just who would be responsible for running the website is the question as well, I would like to say for it to be something sponsored by the government but then we can't really trust that. Perhaps community leaders? People whom are trusted in the community to not falsify information?
It is just an idea, as it seems to me that we just elect someone and that is that. They are in for however many years and just vote as they choose. You can call or write a letter but many times this does nothing and not enough people are doing it. If perhaps it was more accessible, the information and the ability to respond to polls to tell your politician what you think, that maybe there would be more participation by the average person and perhaps more change for the better.
Feel free to post your own ideas on what could help this situation get on a better track. How else could we get control of our politicians? How can we get the general population involved and better informed on bills that are being passed?