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Beware the call of Direct Democracy

Dear Daily Paul readers and posters please beware the increasing call for Direct Democracy, it is a trap. Instead we need to return to the original idea of the United States government, A Constitutional Republic. The founding fathers created “a republic, if you can keep it,” as Ben Franklin said, when asked in Philadelphia what kind of government they had given us.

The founding fathers understood that democracy was a trap,
“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule,” said Thomas Jefferson, “where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.” James Madison agreed, “Democracy is the most vile form of government.” “Democracy,” said John Adams, “never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”

I have been hearing the whispers of direct democracy for a while now and it seems to be turning into a roar. I hear it from the Washington Elite, parts of the Occupy crowd, and even Gerald Celente, a man some people here respect. Gerald Celente is quoted in zerohedge today calling for Direct Democracy.

For some years we’ve been seeing the promising stirrings of a global Renaissance; a 'new order' that would reject the gross materialism, excessive consumerism and glorified militarism that has dominated contemporary western societies. But each initiative undertaken to retrofit and change the failing system has had its momentum blocked or sabotaged by the entrenched agents of 'no change.'

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Therefore, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only solution is to take that control from the handful of 'them' – the power possessors and power brokers – and put the power into the hands of the people. But how?

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I propose … of Direct Democracy – a potentially globe-changing movement that would replace today’s 'representative democracy.' Positive change will not and cannot occur until power is taken away from the power obsessed.

Beware the call for direct democracy! It is the final trap. We have moved away from a thriving republic to a collapsing regulated democracy only to finally fall to a directed democracy. Folks beware this is the endgame for World Government,our only hope for Liberty lies in returning to a Constitutional Republic.

An excellent analysis of the threat of Directed Democracy from the The Daily Bell.

In fact, the emphasis on direct democracy provides the powers-that-be with a kind of political portmanteau. It may serve as a one size fits all solution that can be exported throughout the world within the context of global government. The "transparency meme" we've written about seems to be a restatement of the problem (government corruption, etc.) that "direct democracy" will address.

One of the main modern proponents of direct democracy was Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi's famous Green Book (like Mao's little red book) was a revolutionary primer. His idea, apparently was that Libya would be run via direct democracy; this sort of organization would inform the the "brother-leader" of what to do...

This direct democracy meme is not only a sophisticated one, it's one of the most ambitious we think we've seen yet. This is the shot heard round the world. The Big Kahuna. This may be the beginning of the final push for world government.

Again, Beware the call for direct democracy!!

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Democracy

Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to eat for dinner.

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Liberty

Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.

eCongress is superior to "DD"

Direct Democracy as we all know calls for digital mob rule.

However, there is a lesser know option called "eCongress" that calls for relocating US & State Representatives and Senators to their districts and state capitals to securely telecommute for 75% of their terms.

This screws over lobbyists big time because of how much they have to spend on travel and politicians can't hide in their local districts from voter outrage like they can in DC and their state capitals.

http://eccongressnow.com & CNBC's Jim Rogers' site is http://govathome.com

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Here's the good part: Switzerland has a limited franchise.

Oi. This is exhausting. First, libertarian philosophical purists were denouncing the Restore America Plan because it didn't cover drug legalisation and other libertarian purist agenda items. And now this.

Can't you see Celente's DD proposal for what it is?

Celente is advocating direct democracy via internet voting to liquidate the current system of total corruption by taking the easily bought Congressmembers out of the position to be bribed by the lobbyists.

Okay, so the money corporation use to lobby will instead be turned toward citizen lobbying.

Good!

It takes a hell of a lot more money to buy a million votes than 535. Let em blow their wads trying to buy votes.

The short period between disenfranchising the criminals in Congress and misleading masses of voters through lobbying campaigns will be interesting all by itself.

Gerald's proposal may be based on Switzerland, where there is direct suffrage for key legislation.

But modeling our nation on Switzerland would involve majour overhaul of our current law, as Swiss citizenship -- and the vote that goes with it -- is one of the most guarded treasures in the world.

It is virtually impossible to become naturalized in Switzerland. There are tens of thousands of people whose grandparents came to Switzerland in WWI or WWII, and 70 or 80 years after, the grandchildren are still not citizens!

They cannot vote on the Swiss budget or other legislation because their grandparents were not from Switzerland!

Direct democracy will work just fine if there are parameters limiting the franchise. It may sound reactionary, but mob voting of course is insanity. Perhaps people on the government dole cannot vote until they are gainfully employed.

Don't worry about the disenfranchised being enserfed. In a direct democracy of millions of RESPONSIBLE voters, the safety net will remain in place for those in crisis as a matter of charity and good will.

Its only in an aristocracy that the disenfranchised would be oppressed by the less-than-one-percent.

Have hope, have faith, and think of how some short-term victories can lead to much bigger victories down the road!

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Switzerland is a Republic.

Switzerland is a Republic. The only country operating under a direct democracy was Libya before NATO decided it was necessary to radiate the country with depleted uranium. You should try reading the Green Book Muammar al-Gaddafi the father of modern direct democracy.

Too bad in a direct democracy

Too bad in a direct democracy the millions of responsible voters are drowned out by the 10's of millions of irresponsible voters that just vote for whoever/whatever the TV tells them to. Direct democracy means the media will completely control the outcomes because most Americans are too stupid, apathetic, and cowardly to research candidates/laws for themselves.

Stalin said it best...

"Power is not with those casting the vote, but with those counting the ballots" - Joseph Stalin (paraphrased)

Remember CNN's online poll where Ron Paul won outright, but was shown with 0% support? Hacking Diebold machines for $26 (Wired Magazine) should be lesson enough of how dangerous it is to cast your vote and assume it will be legit.

Keep elected officials based in their districts telecommuting rather than trusting the same batch of corrupt vote casters: http://econgressnow.com

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Direct democracy has the adventage of needing to be local

In order to work, and that's why it's good.

I'm actually not a big opponent of local direct democracy handling minor issues. I think it could be rather sweet.

Just look at Switzerland, they're a great example, even though they appear to have become slightly more centralized the latest decade.

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It's not so bad...

if you're on the side of the mob.

Undo what Wilson did

Perfectly stated,

and loaded with meaning.

Ayn Rand stated it well...

"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority;
the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)."