What are the advantages of Direct Representation?
- DR delivers on the promise of "one citizen, one
Because all voters could find a candidate who closely matches and powerfully
advocates their interests, because each voter would have a direct effect on the
legislature, and because voting would be convenient in a Direct Republic, nearly everyone
would participate. The legislature would be, as John Adams envisioned,
"an exact portrait, in miniature, of the people". Democracy
would actually work! For the first time, a citizen's fundamental right to representation
in government would be guaranteed.
DR gives us the power of choice.
We currently hand most of our power of choice to parties and contributors, who
narrow the field of candidates from dozens or hundreds down to one or two.
With DR, those dozens or hundreds of options would be ours. We could find a
representative who almost exactly matches our values and beliefs.
- DR makes power flow more smoothly.
Currently, incumbent parties and politicians can maintain a monopolistic grip
on government for decades at a time. When they fall, government can change
course drastically. With DR, power changes would be gradual, and power would be
more fairly shared.
- DR makes legislators' jobs easier.
Legislators currently represent arbitrary, large, diverse districts. With DR,
all of a legislator's constituents would share common interests. There would be no
frantic, vicious campaign every few years, and much less fundraising would be
required because campaigns would be carefully targeted.