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Printed from https://www.writing.com/main/books/entry_id/906122-Government-by-the-people-for-the-people
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Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
#906122 added March 6, 2017 at 1:31am
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Government by the people, for the people...
Government by the people, for the people...

The news is full of chaos and “much ado about nothing” while we are headed at breakneck speed into a desert of our own making and the rich are worried about things, objects, shiny baubles and possessions. I recall a time, in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s there was talk of building a neutron bomb. Its main feature was that it would destroy all life but leave buildings intact. I don’t know if it was developed, but the idea remains endemic to so much governmental thinking that our elected representatives have lost awareness of their own vulnerability as living organisms that survive by working in colonies rather than individually.

My mother taught me that adolescence is about “learning that your parents have clay feet.” I think this time in America is about discovering that the things we use in our democracy have imperfections and we need to rectify them if our nation is to survive. Those folks that think a neutron bomb is a good idea need a virtual tour of such a situation. They need to somehow see the world they are creating with life gone from buildings, and no one to live or work in them, no one to clean or maintain them, products with no consumers, and services with no one to serve.

I learned today that 26 states have the capacity within their constitutions to bypass the legislature and use ballot initiatives to address concerns. This year, in all 26 states, 10 ballot initiatives to improve the electoral system will be put forth for us to consider. They will each require 200,000 signatures to be gathered in one year before they can be placed on ballots for citizen votes. Each of them addresses a single aspect of government. One would change the Constitution so the legislature cannot change what the voters passed. Those things can only be changed by putting them once again before the voters. Another would change us to proportional representation. This is used with great success in 90 countries now. It would eliminate legislative districts so that all representatives would be elected state wide. If 40% of voters endorsed a party, then 40% of the representatives would be from that party. There are steps in the process that are included in the plan to make that workable. This would eliminate Gerrymandering, and bring more minorities into the conversation. I cannot at this minute recall the other 8 initiatives. You can find them at: www.governmentbythepeople.org. I hope all voters will explore these carefully considered ideas and begin thinking about these things, as they are intended to strengthen the voice of each voter in our representational democracy.




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