For self-preservation, we need self-presentation
with re-presentation in government.
Good, average citizens need a simple way to submit meaningful laws to solve
our problems without the CO2 sinning of massive referendum drives, without
becoming habitual politicians and without becoming corrupting lobbyists.
We need citizen legislation. With brainbees, the average person can submit
an idea with its merit being decided by other concerned citizens. This is
how it will work.
Through the internet we can have monthly or weekly prioritization of problems
of, by and for the people. The seven final issues (problem definitions and
solutions) will be emailed to the President, Governor or Mayor for
submission to our national, state and local legislative bodies. It is important
to note that citizen legislation through scheduled
brainbees does not change
the three branches of government:
The citizen legislation is automatically emailed to the chief presider of
a political unit with the requirement that he submit the citizens' issue
to the the legislative body ... or, explain why not.
The legislative body has the same, traditional duty of legitimizing or rejecting
submissions ... with the requirement that they vote within seven (7)
days on the citizen legislation submitted by the chief presider.
The related court system still has the right and duty to rule constitutionality
if the legislation is wrong.
Citizen legislation of, by, for and from the people is not
to replace our government but to complement, enhance and integrify the
law-process to solve our problems.
If America and Humanity had a internet pipeline of citizen legislation, problems
would be solved much faster for two reasons.
The habitual politicians are out of touch with everyday life. Like all of
us, they only have so much problem-solving time and emotions each day. Because
the money game forces them to raise re-election money every day (the average
Senator must raise $10,000 a day for 6 years to have a re-election campaign
chest of $20 million), they listen first and foremost to people with big
money. That is not the average citizen who lives with and suffers from the
problems that are killing society and humanity. Why do we suffer? The habitual
politicians aren't and can't listen. On-line Presidential Citizen Legislation
will tap the intelligence of the concerned citizen who lives with and suffers
from the problems.
Legislation/Legitimizer: We need an additional separation of powers within
Congress. Currently, the habitual politicians are both the law proposers
and law makers, that is, legislators and legitimizers. As summarized in Mark
Twain's observation, "We have the best Congress that money can buy," we need
the means to checkmate when the elected officials abuse their privilege of
being both legislator and legitimizer. Through a citizen legislative pipeline,
we an have a vehicle to redress the frequent abuses of office by habitual
To motivate and reward participation, individuals not only get a fair and
level field for a democratic prioritization of their submissions but tentative
are proposed based on the
one's submissions. Not only should the internet be used to tap the intelligence
of the American people but the time-savings value should be rewarded in a
Citizen legislation is a great idea if enough people participate. If the
seven final brainbee winners are emailed to the White House, it means more
if the submission base was 1,000,000 rather than just seven people. If enough
people don't see the benefits of enhancing our public law-making with citizen
legislation, it is just another form of useless spam with legislators responding
like they do to all consitutent correspondence without the weight of
numbers. If you want to bring about the benefit of better democracy and
capitalism through citizen legislation, take some time to sign up self, friends
All play and no politics makes Jack
and Jill unemployed taxpayers
with no security, healthcare and retirement.
Copyright Robert Steven Barnett, 1979+