Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Great Debate

So I was reading this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/04/11/LI2005041100879.html. Dan Fromkin notes that Bush welcomes a debate on pulling out. Dan says, :So how about it?"

In my mind it tickled a different how about it moment. Seeing that we are nominally - this administration notwithstanding - a triumvirate form of government, why is there not a group forum . I envision one where the executive , judiciarcy and the legislative branches are all represented by their titular heads and answer question in an open forum. Freeform/five days.

It can be framed as a bi-cameral Q&A with house and senate asking questions. Or better a citizen panel drawn by lot. The thing could go on for 5 days an aspect of governance a day for a week. A different group impanelled each fday - even a different topic.

Why not? How better to get real national debate than from comment from every salient (and for once informed) aspect of governance - from making the law to enforcing it to deciding its adherence to constitutional principal.

How much closer can one get to real democracy than that?

Instead what we have are 3 branches of government that are playing party games in the press and never forced to take a stand by The "We the People" in all of this except at election time . They are never forced on their own terms to defend their own peculiar constitutional prerogative on a national public stage. Would it not be worth even a shut down of the normal "business" of governance to attend such a panel?

Just thinking.

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