The Only Way For Us ALL To Win
by secretsquirrel, Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 07:11:12 PM EST
What's the way for us to WIN?
There is only one way. Politicians and career Washington types like Karl Rove are gaming the system and that is because we are too trusting of these career politicians. They are out of touch with the people. We need to reengineer America.
We need a campaign that STOPS BEING ABOUT PEOPLE AND STARTS BEING ABOUT ISSUES.. We should rewrite every process from the beginning looking at the goals first. We need to take new technology into account. The way we do things might have been great in 1776, when it took several DAYS for news to travel from, say Boston to Philadelphia, but now, we have real time video and sound, and the World Wide Web. We have digital signatures and instant vote tabulation. This means that we have the potential to have direct democracy soon. But we are still using 18th century technologies and procedures. They are laughing at us.
For example, why do we need to spend SO much WASTED ENERGY AND MONEY on politicians and politics when we could administer so much OURSELVES as communities, directly.
Parties as mediators, as middlemen, are sort of looking like like the layers of distributors and middle managers who are perhaps almost no longer needed. Any candidate that wants to win, they should accept that this needs to be much more of a two way street.
They should re-apply for their jobs, telling us why we should hire them.
Elections, are needed, but perhaps, four years might be something we want to vote on as a nation. Its much longer than it used to be. Four years is twenty eight years on the Internet, as they used to say. Its increasingly looking like twenty eight years in real life too.
I guess what I mean to say is we need a break from politics, but since that isn't about to happen, we should hire them in more of an 'as needed' manner. As contractors. Without health benefits, until we can afford them too. At the very least, they need to clear up any ambiguities and get buy in before getting the nomination.
THEY NEED TO PUT IT ALL DOWN IN A BINDING AGREEMENT WITH AMERICA.
A Contract WITH America, Not a Contract ON America. Sort of like a binding proposal.
But we need to get away from egos and personalities and back to public SERVICE. And especially integrity.
Issues not candidates. That should be the call.
That is the way democracy can remain strong. I personally would prefer that candidates would also agree in advance to step down if they profoundly lose the faith of the people who elected them.
Like in parlimentary democracies. They have the ability to have a vote of no confidence which saves face.
In japan, they used to have seppaku
Putting all government functions on a HUGE web site, in real time, by law is REALLY a good idea.
Not just dib dabs, with the idea of 'eventually' making the government 100% open and visible. This is government work, but it has to be like 'real world' of private industry, with heads rolling if they dont shape up. Transparency should be absolutely mandatory and there should be a deadline of, say thirty days to see the first draft or they should be required to retire. They would have to step down and let their opponent have a 30 day chance to do it right.
NO SECRET DEALS should be the law. Every conversation and letter of public officials and politicians should be public and searchable, and should have a backend where people can discuss and vote on it.
People should be able to determine appropriations, then the politicians should IMPLEMENT THOSE DIRECTIVES. they should never forget WHO they work for. They are replaceable.
That will bring REAL PEOPLE back into joyful involvement and make this a government of the people, by the people and for the people again.
Real time two way involvement, no more back rooms or no bid contracts. Every dollar should be trackable.