Change in the guard
World Usability Day

Issue voter recognized in measures

In the discussion of the election results, AP writer David Crary reported on the results of various ballot measures across the nation. There is an interesting quote that points out political recognition of the issue voter:

Conservatives had hoped the same-sex marriage bans might increase turnout for Republicans, though the GOP had a rough night. Democrats had looked for a boost from low-income voters turning out on behalf of measures to raise the state minimum wage in six states. The wage hikes passed in Arizona, Colorado. Missouri, Montana, Ohio and Nevada.

This is interesting where you compare to Europe where there is little history of direct democracy. There is the Initiative and Referendum Institute in Europe that studies the potential for direct democracy. They have a paraphrase of a quote by Winston Churchill about direct democracy being the worst forms of government except for all the rest, but that is a misrepresentation.

On the Enter Stage Right site, writer J.K. Baltzersen quotes Churchill more extensively and uncovers the complexity of the issues:

We so often hear the famous Churchill dictum on democracy:   

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Indeed quoting Churchill can be used against democracy as form of government:  

      The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

It will be interesting to see how Europe views the American experiment with direct democracy.



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