13 January 2006
It's your night in the barrel
Members of the House of Representatives shall be chosen each two years by lot from among the adult citizens of each congressional district.
Just like jury duty, but for twenty-four months.
On second thought, strike that second drawback: we already have a surplus of really stupid bills.
William F. Buckley Jr. once opined that he'd rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Boston phone book than by the 2000-member faculty at Harvard. I can't help but wonder what he would think of this idea. I suspect it would not sit well with the American left, which would reject it, not so much because it sounds somewhat Buckleyesque, but because their particular concept of government calls for Great and Sweeping Ideas, which J. Random Voter is presumably not likely to come up with on his own if suddenly he's thrust into the House. Not that the right is exactly devoid of elitism, as Harriet Miers could probably tell you.
Oh, and one more drawback:
Nobody, not even Robert McHenry, said it was a perfect scheme.Posted at 2:22 PM to Political Science Fiction
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