The US Congress is made up of a ridiculously small amount of people compared to the size of the country's population. Yet Congress has been dictating laws that apply to the whole country for over 200 years. The only reason why the system has functioned this way is because We the People have accepted it. This situation is hardly democratic and can lead to abuse of power. Larken Rose, a writer from the US, demonstrates the state of current affairs in a remarkably simple yet effective video...
In the Canadian federal election of 1988 a majority (52.3%) of people voted for anti-free trade parties but more seats in parliament were won by the pro-free trade party. So disregarding the will of the majority, parliament voted to pass the Canada-U.S. FTA and NAFTA bills. Over 20 years later the trade agreements have had several undesired impacts on the Canadian economy, ecology, resources, and society. In contrast, in a direct democracy, the wish of the majority would always be respected!
The power of law making is by far the greatest of all 3 governmental powers since the judicial branch of government has only the formal power to interpret legislation and the executive branch can act only within the powers and limits set by the law. Imagine what the people could achieve if they had the power to legislate. What would you do if you had the power to participate in making the laws in your country?
The Glass-Steagall Act President Roosevelt signed into law in 1933 was repealed in 1999 by the US Congress. This act prohibited any one institution from acting as any combination of an investment bank, a commercial bank, and/or an insurance company. It was meant to protect the American economy from suffering another great depression. A majority of Republicans and Democrats voted to repeal this safety mechanism. Had the people been asked been asked to vote, would we still be in such a mess?
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