July 15, 2003
It's Time For Democracy in America
By Harry Braun
The concept of a representative government evolved from the fact that in the 1700s, when the U.S. Constitution was drafted, the technology to allow a true democracy to function, such as telephones, television and computers, did not exist. As such, the concept of a representative republic, whereby people would elect someone to represent their interests, was the only practical method available for making governmental decisions. That was then. This is now.
There is no longer any reason to deprive citizens of the right to vote on the key issues that confront the U.S. Congress or their state legislatures. Too often candidates for office fail to disclose their priorities until after they are elected, after which they then proceed to vote however they choose, regardless of what the majority of their constituents may think. Such misrepresentation would be in a true democracy.
The Democracy Amendment:
A proposed 28th amendment that will bring democracy to America
The Democracy Amendment to the United States Constitution will allow the government of the U.S. to change from being a representative republic, whereby only elected representatives have the right to vote on key national legislation, to being a true democracy, whereby each registered voter shall be empowered to vote for national legislation and any authorizations of war.
With the passage of the Democracy Amendment, representatives would continue to be elected to the House and Senate, as they are now, but it does mean that their new responsibility will be to inform their constituents, who shall then have the power and responsibility to vote for or against the legislation that is proposed. America has long promoted Democracy abroad. It is now it time for Democracy to come to America. In the process, American citizens will become far more interested and informed in the actions of their government because they will know that ultimately, they will be able to participate in the final vote that will determine the outcome of national legislation and priorities. American citizens will no longer just be political spectators; they will be decision makers. If you agree with the notion of bringing democracy to America and support the passage of the Democracy Amendment as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, this is the time to get involved. Three-fourths of the state legislatures or conventions must approve any constitutional amendment. As such, it is important to send letters and emails reflecting your views to your elected officials and local radio and television talk shows. To learn more about how you can help, contact the Democracy Amendment Political Action Committee at (602) 977-0888, or emailing us at democracyamendment.us. It is up to us to make this happen.
Harry Braun is Chairman of the Hydrogen Political Action Committee and author of The Phoenix Project: Shifting from Oil to Hydrogen (phoenixproject.net). He can be called at (602) 977-0888, or contacted at in writing at 6128 North 28th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85016,