When the question, "QUESTION X," is on the state ballot, voters will be able to vote YES or NO on the following single-sentence question:
"Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a proposal to amend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to replace the state Legislature with 100 randomly selected adult residents of the Commonwealth, each serving a one year term, to be called the Commonwealth Jury and to have all the legislative and other powers of the current Legislature?" [This will appear as Question #5 in the 25th Middlesex (Somerville) state representative district in the November 2008 election.]
The jury system is the only truly democratic part of our government because that is the only part in which ordinary people have a real say. The amendment to the constitution that is proposed here simply extends the jury system to the legislative branch.
Why should ordinary residents of the state, not Big-Money's politicians, make the laws? Here are some examples that illustrate why: unfair laws passed by Big-Money's politicians:
* An unfair tax code (pdf)
* High stakes standardized testing (MCAS)
* Unaffordable health care nationally, and even with the new "universal" plan in Massachusetts
* A denial to citizens of their democratic right to vote on a fundamental social issue: same-sex marriage
In contrast, ordinary people chosen at random, like a jury, would be more truly representative of Massachusetts residents; they would be beholden to nobody, and far more expert in making society more equal and democratic and fair. Ordinary people want our society to be one where people help each other instead of being made to compete against one another for good jobs and education that the corporations keep artificially scarce. Putting government decisions in the hands of ordinary residents chosen this way would be a lot more democratic.
We do not have real democracy; much of what is wrong in our society stems from not having real democracy and we ought to do whatever it takes to get it.