The Direct Democracy Center

Group of citizens advocating a constitutional amendment establishing direct democracy with secure voting networks connected to voter's homes

Location: Apple Valley, California, United States

Founder of The Direct Democracy Center ( from 41 years working in the criminal justice system. Author of five books.

Monday, April 23, 2007

It's time for common sense and direct democracy.

Nothing could be a more vivid example of inept government than our elected representatives throwing selfish interest political rocks at each other in this unique time of war, amid growing terrorism and high risk national security. The struggle for power in the United States has turned our democratic republic into a costly over-regulated wasteland of petty politics in a dangerous landscape of politically correct mine fields.

Indeed, our government is on the road to becoming as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated. America is better than election-time lies. This voter, for one, demands change. More democracy and less government. The truth, before it's too late. We can't get it from the two-party system. We can't get it from pandering politicians, biased activists, the education establishment, polemic websites, blogs or the news media.

The only way to change things and get the truth is to do it ourselves, with common sense and direct democracy. The direct democracy solution would be to amend the Constitution to establish secure voting networks connected to voters homes, wherein we would elect well-compensated nonpartisan professional representatives to manage no more government than we need, and to provide us with the truth. Communications with our elected representatives and all elections would be conducted over the voting networks. After being fully informed, the collective judgment of the voters would decide all matters regarding taxation, public policy and constitutional amendments. Existing constitutional rights and protections would not be affected.

For details about direct democracy and the proposed amendment visit the website at If you have any questions or comments, please post them here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, ur contradicting urself. A direct democracy doesnt vote in REPRESENTATIVES. Thats called a republic. Look up what a direct democracy actually is before u petition.

January 11, 2008 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous BlackCat said...

We can create a secure electronic voting network; however, politicians must be considered the ENEMY since they WILL loose their jobs if EVERYONE can vote on REAL issues. We need a government that is for EVERYONE.

A secure mobile voting terminal would be the ideal, that way people can vote any time and any place. My preferred solution would be a cell-phone like device that would replace all items that people currently need (phone, birth certificate, social security card, drivers license, credit cards, insurance cards). Lets make things simple, unlike the current government adding more and more complexity.

November 3, 2008 at 10:01 PM  
Anonymous blackcat said...

The proposed amendment is a nice start, but it isn't a direct democracy, it is simply a better representative government. I am for the full replacement of the government with a citizen voting network.

Short-term goal:
Citizens voting on some issues -- even pre-canned ones from the current government.

Long-term goal:
Dynamic decentralized voting network that automatically evolves as citizens submit ideas and vote on ideas and their aspects.

Even complex issues will work themselves out as citizens' vote on various ideas and their aspects. Many complex issues can be broken down (or be redesigned) into multiple simple ideas. Citizens may submit thousands of budget ideas; which citizens will then review, revise, rate, recommend, and vote. Some clever solutions will be the result. A Citizen will vote on ideas that are important to them, and will leave other ideas to other citizens. The voting network can be designed to insure that citizens are qualified to vote on a given idea (anyone, age, education, or knowledge requirement).

November 4, 2008 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Josef Boberg said...

Great ideas, really...

March 6, 2009 at 5:04 AM  
Blogger sloopr said...

Any system that is put in place (via computers, communicating devices, etc.) will be mistrusted because a clique of elitists will be in charge of the computers, and they will be the only ones who understand how they function and will be able to manipulate them to produce the outcome they want.

Any system of direct democracy will have to evolve over many decades of experimenting in which citizens communicate in small groups to see if there is a way they can find agreements and settle some of the difficult issues.

There needs to be a lot of experimenting first, at the grass-roots level. Any quick change to phone devices or computers, even if possible, would run into unexpected quagmires and likely chaos.

But it's good to consider the prospect of direct democracy, where citizens address issues directly rather than through electing representatives.

March 15, 2009 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Brian Hill said...

Hey admin can you check out this direct democracy forum:

The entire forum is democratic, even the moderators have to do what the majority says, and even the forum has a constitution.

April 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Byers said...

We Americans have ensure we understand firstly our own constitutional roots on this matter- it goes back to the Declaration of Independence and with all this liberalizing, our country's soul is being torn apart. For my thesis, that I'm publishing with this year, I look, in great detail at why a direct democracy doesn't vote in REPRESENTATIVES. Precisly, we are a republic.

February 23, 2010 at 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please read through this proposed article, and line by line explain how this will fix the problems America is facing right now. Electing supreme court justices? Are you kidding me?

This is the problem with extremism on either side of the party line. Just because your ultra-conservative ideals may sound good to you, doesn't mean they can work for the whole country. People like you guys disgust me.

June 8, 2011 at 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Founder DDC said...

Even though the tyranny of the socialist minority has undermined the Constitution and jerked around the majority for over 100 years, the strength of America still rests with the collective wisdom of the people.

The social, political and economic crisis throughout the country will be resolved and reversed, now that the indoctrinated are feeling the pain brought on by the betrayal of false political prophets and failed promises.

Indeed, the far left is not disgusting. It is wrong and pitiful.

June 8, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only democratic programs I support are ones where only the people who vote are bound by the results. So, if you don't vote you are not subject to the results. Anything else is too authoritarian for my tastes.

November 20, 2011 at 9:49 PM  
Anonymous DAN 1 said...
Hi Dan Didn't see this on your main page links section. Thought maybe it should be there.

Your site is looking great.


January 5, 2012 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger DAN 1 said...

It is Good to see so much effort here, in thinking about Direct Democracy.

Regarding continuing to elect representatives, as per the Framer's Republic Agreement amongst themselves, We could still have representatives but in an " Honored Advisor" capacity. Maybe also as Volunteers...the idea being to attract the highest motivated men and women to this People's Advisory Role. Final decision as to how Our Nation is run and what the laws of it are, will be the responsibility of We The People. A "Responsibility" reinforced by personal educations that enable Us to be the best darned decision making populace ever imagined. America is diverse. Therefore We must be very fair and inclusive as is wise and possible, to "Most" of Us.

February 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really believe that politicians will ever amend the constitution to provide for direct democracy. Get real.

November 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Matthew McMillen said...

I think that the Founding Fathers would have loved to see this type of government. Right now, our government is too crazy. The Founders of our government would have loved to see a nonpartisan direct representative democracy. You guys might have to read the full proposal of this on his website. If you want to know, it is

October 27, 2014 at 5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danny boy you're so full of BS or you have your head so far up your dumas you can't tell a lie from the truth. Stop watching Faux no news garbage network. In fact since you're so scared a wise person would leave the country before watching it fall around them but you're just another dumas liar.

April 13, 2016 at 6:56 PM  
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