Considering the ominous conditions that face America, such as the energy crisis, the failing economy, global warming, government deficits, and the threat of terrorism, the American people ought to make a deal with their elected representatives and officials.
On November 4, 2008, elect Barack Obama as president, elect a Democrat to every seat in Congress, then elect them again in 2012. That way, we would be able to determine, once and for all, if government knows what is best for us and if we can trust government to protect our lives, our liberty, and our pursuit of happiness.
Government by Democrats would, in turn, guarantee something to the people for the 2012 elections. A national vote to either confirm government as is, or have the Congress propose an amendment to the Constitution establishing nonpartisan direct democracy by means of secure voting/communications networks connected to voters' homes. The amendment would require the election of nonpartisan professional government managers to represent the people. It would require the voters to be truthfully and fully informed, and the voters would decide all matters regarding the size and scope of government, taxation and public policy. The collective judgment of the voters would prevail.
On the other hand, it would be far more likely that the Democrats would not keep their part of the deal. Instead, we would likely lose democracy and most, if not all, of our freedoms to the newly established USSA. The United Socialist States of America. The way things are going, it may happen anyway.
Certainly, the change we need is to change ourselves with heavy doses of judgment and common sense, before it's too late.