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Step Toward a Virtual Congress -Not Far Enough But a Good Idea

7 February 2015 at 10:19:45 AM

Imagine a scenario where

Your Congressional representative or senator officed in the location/district where he or she lives

Your Congressional representative or senator doesn't fly in and out of Washington DC every week or live in DC and only occasionally fly home

Your Congressional representative or senator is able to cast a vote, virtually, from his or her office in the voting district

Your Congressional representative or senator (and US) are able to read bills and other papers online 

Your Congressional representative or senator would use SKYPE or other communications tool to broadcast their speeches FROM their home location TO Congress

Now read this. Notice that the Estonian government has been doing something like this for FIFTEEN YEARS. 

The bill as currently written notes that “there are recent advances in technology that would make a virtual Congress possible, such as: electronic voting, video conferencing, secure telephones and Internet connections, and biometric cyber security.”

I did an audio podcast some years back talking about overhauling Congress with technology.

Back when the country was formed, there was a reason to have everyone meet at a convenient location, which was Philadelphia. At that point, the westward expansion had not yet taken place, and most of the population was up in the northeastern part of the country. That simply doesn't apply any more and it's long not made sense to me, where we have technology, for the people we elect to LEAVE the district to go somewhere else, to only come back during breaks, notably summer breaks, to hold town hall meetings. For people that LIVE in an area, makes much more sense to go to an office where you're likely to actually find your representative, than to make a special trip to DC. For the Congressperson that wants to make a speech to Congress, with SKYPE or similar it's entirely possible for that person to broadcast from his or her office and have it show in the gallery or over C-Span. 

It's no different than most business that have locations in multiple places do now. People get together once a year as a company for a company picnic or other gathering, meetings are held regionally, etc, and, for a lot of tech companies, the workers are able to work from home or close office location, but share in meetings via virtual technology. Why should Congress be different? 

Now, realistically, does Congress WANT to do this and be away from all the lobbyists, insider tips, gladhanding and making deals, etc, that make them DIFFERENT than the people that voted for them? Probably not, and I think most Americans would agree that Congress is a corrupt institution that makes laws that don't apply to them. 

Nonetheless, I'd like to see the decentralization of Congress through technology. 





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1 - r u serious   8 Feb 2015 @ 10:10:07 PM  This is not as far fetched as Hillary Clinton representing an African American district based in Harlom, New York, or the Somervell country Judge living in Hood county. I could go on but I do wish I could find a politician to represent me on any level.The only time I see a State or Federal politician is in the newspaper, television or a parade,they have no clue what I want done.

2 - salon   10 Feb 2015 @ 9:29:53 AM 

Yup. I'm against carpetbaggers that move to a particular area simply to run for office there. Michael Williams, who now has gotten his reward by being TEA head, is a good example, where he was told NOT to run in Arlington, where he lives and instead, when running for Texas Lege, run in this district to allow Roger Williams to do it. 

And agree about Mike Ford; he should have stepped down when he moved his primary residence to Pecan Plantation. Agree also about Hillary Clinton in so far as she was a carpetbagger by moving to New York, however, her office was in Manhattan and she represented the entire state, which included Harlem. Not any different than, say, Senator Cornyn representing the Valley in Texas.

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