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|+||This country was founded on the promise of Democracy - i.e. government by the people, hence serving the interests of the people. That original promise was only partially delivered because large-scale Democracy wasn't possible 230 years ago. 5 million people (not to mention the 200 million we have today) couldn't get together in a room, or even a amphitheater, to discuss & resolve problems; the best we could have was a plethora of small local democracies bound together by a central government, of limited powers, populated by "representatives". Even the leading Federalist (precursors of our modern Republicans) of the day admitted that representative government was only justified when the people couldn't get together to do it themselves. But as our population increased over the years from 5 million to the 300 millions we have today, necessitating the transfer of more & more power to the central level, the relationship between our original solution & Democracy has diminished to the point of absurdity. Today the physical constraint noted above no longer exists. Thanks to the wonders of the electronic universe we're creating out on the Internet we no longer need to get together physically to discuss & resolve problems, we can get together electronically, create an electronic Congress of the People. The need is dire, & the opportunity now exists, for now the people CAN get together to do it themselves. Its time to stop paying lip-service to Democracy, & give it a try!|