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More than two-dozen countries around the world have held “national electorate referendums” as some form of “Direct Democracy” since the mid-1800s. But do you know how many times the United States of America has held national referendums to solicit its voters over the last 220-plus years? Well, let us provide the quick answer: There is no historical precedence.
Judging from empirical research conducted by World Economic Forum and the United Nations, it is readily apparent that various forms of “Direct Democracy” (such as national referendums, ballot measures, etc.) have had some degree of translatable, beneficial impact on key European and Asian countries’ standard of living and economic competitiveness measurements.
The prospect of holding "National Electorate Referendums," while presenting potential logistical and cost challenges, is only proposed as option for TANC to call and only if Congress and the President did not "ultimately accede to the will of the people" on TANC-authored/sponsored domestic soci-economic reform legislation. Actually, this is the just the second prong of a blueprint for "Participatory Direct Democracy" -- the primary platform is an "Electorate Legislative Consortium" made up of a "rotating pool" of nonelected/nonpartisan American citizens who would solicit all key societal segments and craft reform legislation on a truly "consensus" basis...featuring "America's Best & Brightest" from key college academic circles as well.
Please also see our "Roadmap to Direct Democracy" presentation here on SlideShare or at http://www.transamericanalliance.org/19.html.
Michael A. Freeman, Executive Director
Trans-American Alliance for a National Consensus (TANC)