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Our living will

By Gabriel Hunt
East Carbon


In Tom McCourt's "The Bennett factor in play", Uncle Spud dialogues about the "will of the people" and how the "people we elect are supposed to represent us". I couldn't agree more wholeheartedly. Lately though, it seems that the tea and coffee parties have proclaimed themselves to represent the will of the majority of Americans. The one trait that the two parties share is a large consensus of people who are fed up with the way our country is run. Again, the country couldn't agree more.

But Instead of infighting and moving further to the right and left respectively, they ought to be galvanizing behind what is our only possible choice to make the true voice of the people be heard: The National Initiative for Democracy. The NI4D aims to "permit the people to make or change laws by initiative at all levels of government including at a federal level". Essentially it allows registered voters to become lawmakers, forcing the suits on Capitol Hill to bend to the will of the people.

They might not be the most politically enlightened group, but imagine if the 37 million Americans who voted for last year's American Idol were instead creating new laws and reforms. Imagine if that number were doubled. Would that be considered the "will of the people," or would we still find something to gripe about?

Uncle Spud proclaims the Constitution to be a "living document." The NI4D "permits the people to amend a constitution by holding two successive elections, more than six months but less than one year apart" If that wouldn't shock an otherwise lifeless Constitution back into a living state, what would? Definitely not a slew of career politicians.

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