I am launching a discussion on Reddit on 10/14. You can find it here.
At the moment, American politics is broken. It is clear that representatives at all levels do not listen to its' constituents. They have no idea what people are thinking. Further, I am seeing from the Tea Party and from the 99% / Occupy movement that the people have no way of having their voices heard. Frequently, polls suggest that the majority of Americans favor a particular position but politicians are choosing to ignore the voices of America.
These people think that by being on the streets that change will happen. The governments and corporations generally do not properly accept the input of protestors on the street. Police agencies see mass gatherings as a threat and their output is the opposite kind of input that the organizers would expect. Similarly, corporations would simply pick up the phone and dial 911 if they see mass gatherings outside their door. No one else within the corporation would properly respond to mass gatherings of people waving pieces of cardboard boxes.
However, there is clearly a problem within America. Business insider has a detailed summary of how we got to where we are today and why things are so bad and why its’ not going to improve anytime soon. Also, politicians recently brought America within days of a default and this action terrified the markets and the world.
I believe that there is a way to fix this by modernizing how we communicate between the voters and the representatives as well as the corporations. I believe the problem is the lack of visibility by all concerned into what is going on.
“…and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – U.S. Constitution, Amendment 1
I would like to support the creation of an Open Source, Transparent/Audited system that connects the Americans with Government and Corporate Boards and their largest shareholders. The organization behind it would be a non-profit and neutral company. All aspects of the organization and the system would be completely open.
What this system would do is to provide a means to actively seek out the positions of each and every registered voter in America through an online portal. From there, the positions on a particular topic would be aggregated and sent to the local, state and national lawmakers. In addition, their positions on the activities of corporations would also be sent to the various corporate boards / largest shareholders of those corporations. These positions would be sent by US Mail and Email and by in-person visits.
This system would also provide an interface to monitor the activities of the Governments and Corporations as well such that we can then hold these people accountable. Should the elected representatives or Corporations begin to not represent the people, petitions or complaints can be delivered to the other government agencies. All the responses by these agencies will be posted online as well.
WHAT THIS WOULD DO IN ACTION
As an example, with the recent millionaire’s tax idea – each of the Republican Representatives voted against the measure. Americans (including Republicans) were clearly for the measure. This system would provide an interface to gather all of the data from every single registered voter and to communicate this data to each of the local Representatives.
As another example with the BP Oil Spill – there was no way to properly gauge the economic impact of this disaster. In addition, BP was actively delaying or stalling any kind of responsibility for this disaster. This system would gather data concerning the impact of this and relay it to the following groups of people:
· Local and State officials
· Representatives and Senators
· Governmental agencies managing the response.
· Board of Directors of BP
· The Largest Shareholders of BP
WHERE I NEED THE HELP
This system is quite large in scale. However, once built and utilized, I believe that it would bring our ability cooperate with each other into the modern age. I need help on just about every level with this. My first question with this to everyone is, “Where do I go from here?”