You know that time when you stare at the ceiling waiting to fall asleep and your mind meanders about ideas. Then every once in awhile, vavoom!, this answer comes from nowhere and you’re up until sunrise trying figure out where this train of thought is headed. Right? This happens to other people. Right? I can’t be the only modern day thinker who lies awake trying to piece life together on a social, philosophical level with late night epiphanies. Right? Well either way this latest “late night epiphany” concerns all of you. Yes, each and every one of you.
Last night I randomly started thinking about possible new answers to make our society run smoother. This led to thinking about the hurdles my generation faces in order to enact change, real change. Then, boom!, out of nowhere like a lightning bolt, it hit me. We digitize the House of Representatives, if not more of the current government.
It makes total sense. The House of Representatives is an archaic, old school answer to giving a national voice to the people. But when was the last time anyone has ever felt properly represented by current politicians? I know I’ve never felt that from either party. Which by the way, two parties, that’s it?! How has this lasted so long? Yet that’s the current mind set being passed on. You’re either liberal or conservative, democrat or republican. We are actually encouraged to vote and hold the ideals of one of the two and vote according to party policy. If you don’t relate to either side, well you’re shit out of luck and stamped an independent, which has no actual representation in the government. But I digress, so here’s my proposal.
I want to set up a nonprofit website that allows a forum for debate on local, state, and national issues. I’m calling it forthepeople.org for a preliminary name. When I say “forum for debate”, I picture a place where meaningful, thought out positions on issues can be discussed with actual real world decisions based upon the debates. The website will have volunteer moderators checking for trolling and stopping arguments from boiling down to, “Fuck you”, “No, fuck you”. I also am thinking about software written into the site that can recognize popular ideas or positions and bring them to the forefront so further debate can be had and possible answers found. People will login and based off the information given will be allowed access to certain areas for local and state threads. Security is obviously a main issue and concern. One I currently do not have an answer for.
To be honest , the idea is in its early stages. So why am I writing this? I want your feedback. I need your help. This could be huge if we can work this out. In no way am I savvy enough to write the needed programs or set up security. This is my plea to you; share this, repost this, please spread the word. I want as many to read this as possible. I want feedback, advice, help. Write comments, tell me your opinion. Your voice on this matters. My previous posts, truthfully, I couldn’t have cared less about how many people read and wrote back on. This is different. This could change how our democracy runs. It could actually be by the people, for the people, and of the people for the first time in history.
But something this big can’t be done alone, nor would I want it to be that way. I’m asking for action on your part. Nothing is set in stone, everything is on the table. Help me create this. I don’t want to make money, not a dime, off this idea. I want politics to be what it should; a public service. Politicians have forgotten who they work for, us. It’s about goddamn time we remind them of that fact. If this website could gain enough backing, there is no way politicians could ignore it. If they try to, then we’ll just fire their asses. Things can’t get any worse, but if we don’t try something new then things will.
I’ll repeat this one last time; share, repost, spread the word, comment, help out, act. I need to know if this is viable or if I’m bat shit crazy and need to go back to the drawing board of late night epiphanies.
– Fuck the Critics, Screw the Fans (well, maybe not so much on this one)