Abolish Congress?

I think that Congress can be saved, but if it will not act in the best interests of the country, we may have to revise the Constitution to eliminate the legislative branch. That will leave the Federal government with an executive branch and a judicial branch. Laws, treaties and confirmations would be subject to approval of the people by referendum. The Founding Fathers gave us a representative democracy partly because the technology was lacking then to permit a large-scale direct democracy. Now we have that technology in the internet. Direct democracy will require an informed electorate, willing and able to participate in government on a daily and weekly basis. It will require laws that are understandable by the average voter, and it will save money by eliminating a costly branch of government. Let’s insist that Congress clean up its act or we the voters will do it for them.

Being black in America

Trayvon Martin shooting

Trayvon Martin shooting (Photo credit: ChrisWaldeck)

Most or many people of color are saying that the George Zimmerman acquittal defines the state of racial treatment in the US by police and the judicial system. Not being black myself, I have never experienced what they claim to experience, but I believe that so many with the same complaints must be taken seriously. Even if our system of justice were perfect and the complaints raised were false, we would still need to address the complaints. And I believe them and I believe that those who complain have merit on their side. What shall we do?

I think that the most effective way to change minds is to change perspectives, to walk a mile in the other person’s shoes. Since I am not black and cannot become black, we must find another approach. Perhaps a role-playing game, played in the schools or available electronically for home use might begin to change existing stereotypes. It’s a huge problem to which I don’t have all of the answers. It is mandatory that it be discussed.