If Everybody Voted On Everything ~ Party Political

Thursday, October 11, 2007

If Everybody Voted On Everything

How would that work? If we no longer used politicians to make decisions, but instead put every question and issue to a vote, in which everybody participated, would it make things better?

I think having people specialize in issues and ideas is a good thing, and works, because it makes them much more prepared to decide things for the future. They have the experience, and can put that to use in every question they address. When the majority votes on an issue, they vote on what they know, what they've seen or heard. It's more difficult to become genuinely informed when you rely mostly on the news and word of mouth. Rumors can develop, secret agendas can skew the facts, and the truth can be lost in the shuffle. If we all voted on something right now, I'm not sure that would be better than leaving it to the pros, because it's likely we'd be manipulated to some end, much as we are during the time of an election.

A man walks up to you, and says, "Hey, buddy, are you going to go vote?"

You say, "I wasn't planning on it."

He says, "Oh, but you should. It's your patriotic duty, and it's good for the nation!"

You say, "Gee, you're right. I'll go vote right now!"

He says, "That's the spirit! And don't forget...to vote for my side."

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