On the surface, it would seem the main reason to even have representatives is to represent people over great distances, and in great numbers that would be physically impractical.
But with computer technology, it would seem that distance and a physical presence have been made irrelevant. Every single American could virtually connect and communicate with the Capitol in an instant or over a given time period on computers. Imagine actually placing a vote, rather than trying to tell some schmuck politician how to vote for you.
But then this would really be a pure democracy, and would people simply propose and directly vote to give themselves stuff? Or would the majority of people stop those seeking something unconstitutional and follow the law, unlike representatives? Would the people that care the most be the ones that have something to lose, or the ones that have something to gain?
At least a representative can be held accountable and replaced. You could not eliminate direct voters.
Just some thoughts.
Ron Paul's Convention Speech
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