CURRENTLY; Start-Up Mode: Our volunteer team is working hard to build America’s transparent lawmaking forum with donations from generous people like you. Our financial stewardship is open to the public. Please let us know your ideas to improve our website and plans.
Stage 1; Online Voting Forum:
Build a parallel online congress that creates more thoughtful bi-partisan legislation than the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. This ‘Direct Congress’ will provide a valuable gauge of public opinion about actual legislation, while being a new source of clear, concise, and respected laws. Through consensus-building and a rigorous vetting process (How ‘DC’ Works), we will create excellent legislation and budgets. A regular report will be sent to each member of the U.S. Congress, letting him or her know the decisions of their constituents, as well as the National ‘DC’ results.
“My DC Office“ will be Direct Congress’s beta site where our early supporters can join in perfecting the ‘DC’ lawmaking system. Our goal is to regularly launch additional features, until by Independence Day of 2014, every feature described on this concept site will be working seamlessly. Direct Congress will have a secure vote-by-phone system for Americans with limited internet access. We will audio-enable the website for the convenience of citizens with visual disabilities, and provide built-in language-translating software. ‘DC’ will partner more closely with the Library of Congress and their successful Thomas system of open information. Most importantly, we will build public trust in electronic voting security, through an innovative blend of encryption technologies, and voting list transparency. Once we prove that online voting works reliably, we will begin the next stage:
Stage 2; Post-Partisan Political Party:
Encourage political leaders and Direct Congress supporters to run for positions in the Senate and House of Representatives. These ‘DC’ candidates will pledge to vote the same as the majority of citizen’s vote on Direct Congress. A U.S. Congressional leader who contracts with ‘DC’ must take an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution first, and the will of American citizens second. This plan remedies the Grover Norquist flaw of not allowing Congress to change their votes in light of new information. If ‘DC’ citizens create a bill that is unconstitutional as determined by a Federal Judge, ‘DC’ Congressmen may, in this very rare situation, be released from their pledge.
Following the U.S. Constitution, Senators will be guided by the Direct Congress vote of all voting-eligible ‘DC’ participants from their State. At the regional level, members of the same congressional district will direct their Representative’s vote. In this way, an individual participant’s vote on Direct Congress will influence both their Congressional Representative and their ‘DC’-contracted Senator. Once elected, Direct Congress-contracted Representatives will have little flexibility in choosing how to vote, but will still have significant influence serving on committees in Congress, and sponsoring ‘DC’ citizen created bills. They will receive a regular Congressional salary, and will be expected to promote the will of the people as clarified on Direct Congress with their influence and time.
Stage 3; Directly Empowered Individuals, Communities, and States:
Direct Congress will launch platforms that can be used by all levels of government (local, state and federal) to be informed, and increasingly led by the consensus of the people. Hopefully, coming soon: Direct Town Council, ‘DtC’), and Direct State Congress, ‘DsC’
Once over 60% of Senators and Representatives have committed to the Direct Congress contract, the ‘DC’ board of directors will offer to hand the responsibility for overseeing this website, to the publicly accountable Federal Election Commission.
Optional 22nd Century Future:
After many more decades of perfecting online voting forums and educating citizens, the American public may decide to explore the possibility of a constitutional amendment to replace our congressional representatives with a further improved version of an online voting forum. We must always keep separate our executive and judicial branches, so that the wisdom of America’s founding fathers will be preserved, while the possibilities of technology to improve our future can be embraced.