Flimsy Sanity: Independence Day Proposal

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Independence Day Proposal

Some people love traditional ways but progress is a fact. Cameras using film are almost a rarity. Analog TV's will be phased out in two years making millions of sets so much trash. Unmanned drones can bomb brown people and not endanger our own. Who would have ever thought people could phone others without being attached to a wire? Telephone operators, door to door delivery people, and bloodletting basin manufacturers are gone.

The one place progress is stymied is in our government. When transportation was by horse and letters took months to reach their destination, an electoral college made sense. When communication was slow, representative government was probably the only option for anything close to a one man, one vote type of democracy. Times have changed a great deal in nearly 300 years.

The technology for a one man, one vote on every issue is available with computers and data banks. Majority rule is technically possible. Sure it would be hard to sneak in earmarks in bills the whole nation voted on and it would be difficult to write 600 page bills because the populace would grow tired of reading and automatically vote "no", but I don't see the downside here. You say it wouldn't be fair to the poor people who don't have computers? That's what libraries are for. Perhaps only the people interested in government would take the trouble to vote, but I bet the numbers would increase over the percentage that vote now on the rare occasion anyone asks for our opinion between bad and worse. Hell, we could even have a vote of confidence every 6 months for the President and two consecutive "nays" would mean dismissal. Laws would be passed by the people who made the most persuasive arguments not the ones with the most money and we could eliminate the expenses of housing, insuring, and paying for huge retirements for 500 plus parasites and the K street "johns" who fatten them.

People spend so much money seeking public office for a reason. I really laugh when they call themselves public servants when nearly all are self-serving. Let's see some creative approaches to a real democracy here at home before we force it on others. Dave Away From Home had a post about improving our government elections. I say screw electing a government. Let the people be the government.

For those who believe in tradition I hope I have the title right but Gertrude Stein wrote a short story called Tradition in which a man is pulling an old man by a rope. The old man falls but the young man keeps dragging him over rocks and thistles. Finally the old man shouts, "I never pulled my father beyond this tree."


  • At 11:42 AM, Blogger Graeme said…

    I say screw electing a government. Let the people be the government.

    You are an anarchist! I had a similar revelation.

  • At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When 70 percent of the people don't want to be in Iraq and we are still there, representation is not going on.

  • At 12:41 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    Well, an anarchist with democratic leanings! Nice idea, Flimsy, I'm all in favor. Now all you have to do is write another post, explaining how we tell Congress they're no longer needed. Incidentally, I don't know if she ever used it in a short story, but: "Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. "Stop!" cried the groaning old man at last, "Stop! I did not drag my father beyond this tree." is the opening of her novel, "The Making of Americans". Now you're kicking yourself, aren't you?

  • At 1:06 PM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Graeme: Not an anarchist but rather a simpleton - simple and direct is always best for me.

    RJ: Yes, I am. How did you know that? Do you read while you should be watching the road as you truck the little urchins around?

  • At 1:50 PM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    RJ: How to fire them? I suppose we will have to ask some million-$-a-day CEO how to cut jobs.

  • At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Omnipotent Poobah said…

    Let the rabble rouse!

  • At 3:22 AM, Anonymous michael greenwell said…

    do you have a link for the gertrude stein story?

  • At 4:14 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Michael: RJ is right about it being the first line of a longer novel. I stand corrected. But my faulty recollection of the details worked better for the post.

  • At 1:39 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    I just want to say it's a total lie that I spend hours of my sad life trolling through the "Look What's Inside" pages of Amazon.com!

  • At 1:41 PM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    I've been thinking about this post of yours Flimsy and I think you are on to something here. It can be done and I'm all for it.


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