Or How I Learned to Stop Voting and Love the Bomb
Every year propositions come and there is usually one or two which ignite the conservative or liberal bases to come out in droves in support. This exercise in direct democracy is bothersome because the actual propositions are rarely ever read by the voters. I admit I have not read an entire proposition before I vote on them, because I do not have the time or the patience. This is unhealthy, and exhibits Alexander Hamilton's fears when he pushed for an electoral college to elect the president. The common citizen is too far removed from political thought and exercise to be completely responsible. I only bring this up, because every four years we hear cries about the imperfections of the Electoral system (only the election of the NCAA football champion is more hotly disputed).
The ghosts of our Constitutional Congress have created a fear of large government and over representation. It is as if the Anti-Federalists succeeded in weakening the national government in the eyes of the public, only 200 years later.
Perhaps this is a great time to point out that I have no love affair with the electoral system, its the parliamentary systen which I prefer. I like the access to John Locke's social contract granted by the parliamentary system; if you disagree with your Prime minister you can give him/her a vote of no confidence and start fresh again. There is no waiting four years or laboring therough the rediculous process of impeachment (a legal process which every public official is afraid to be the first to succeed in). I guess my rambling has left me with one point remaining. We are not Greece, this is not the age of Peleponisia. Direct democracy cannot exist in a nation of 300 million.
Listening to: Rammstein - Moskau