Friday, December 14, 2007
National Initiative for Democracy
As the political debates wear on, I'm learning about issues that never crossed my mind. There is a group trying to implement an amendment to the Constitution to allow a law to be created by a ballot initiative at a Federal level, The National Initiative for Democracy, found at http://ni4d.us. We have ballot initiatives in Missouri, and the resulting laws from ballot initiatives are very sensible and reflective of the actual views of average people. They tend to be struck down by courts if they're extreme, but I can't think of a truer form of democracy. When you tack it onto our existing system, it's like having another house in Congress which supercedes Congress and we all get a vote. I'm still unclear about whether Federal Ballot Initiatives would be immediately enacted as law, or still require a signature or veto by the President. After considering the possibilities, like requiring a ballot initiative for Congressional pay raises or tax increases, it certainly gives the reigns back to the people on many fronts. These are things which the Congress would never agree to, and it adds another means to get a law enacted without a particular political party having the power to block it based on their majority in a particular chamber. The Republic system as it is seems broken, because the real power seems to lie with the lobbyists with the deepest pockets and those Congress members who would betray their constituents for their own greed. The more I ponder it, the more I like having a true Democracy running in parallel with the Republic system, backed by the same checks and balances. I went to the web site and voted for it.