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Federal Propositions
Posted by don   •   Wednesday, 2012-December-05
Most states have a form of legislation that empowers its citizenship called State Propositions. It is a process where the citizens actually write and make law. What happens here is that when there is a controversial subject that the politicians of the state do not want to get involved in, because they may hit the third rail and lose their next election, is brought directly to the people of the state to make the decision on the subject. This can be done by either the legislature writing up the proposition and giving it to the state voters for a vote or the state voters filing a petition with a certain amount of signatures that will cause the proposition to be put on the ballot. This also brings the state legislatures more in line with the feelings are the wishes of the state voters.
What I'm wondering here is, is it possible to have something like this within our federal government to bring us more into a democracy and a little bit away from the representative republic that we now find ourselves in, getting us down into quagmires when it comes to economics and social issues. This would actually give us a fourth branch of government which has been ignored by the other three branches when it comes to legislation like healthcare.
Anyway is just a thought I don't know how something like this would come about it most likely would have to have a constitutional amendment, but I do believe it would solve many of the problems that exist today. And I know that it would be quite expensive for say a group of people to come up with a enough signatures for a petition to get something on the ballot but it would make it possible and just that threat alone would help the decision-making process in Washington. Also when something gets too hot to handle it would allow the legislatures to hand it off to the citizenship to give the final word on the subject.
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