Technology today is a wonderful thing. That technology can be used to connect every household to every representative for direct interaction on the matters at hand. From there the will of the people can trickle up the food chain and America will be in control of the country once again. It will also eliminate corruption because the elected representative will be required by law to vote as his constituents voted or will face life in prison.
How it would work is as follows:
Each representative would have a web site where the issues affecting your community can be posted for reading including the actual bill and the synopsis of that bill with the pros and cons including the ability of the reader to comment.
Next, local citizens based on the voting books would be able to vote online yea/nay on the issues. This would be set up as modern Corporations hold their stockholders voting. It would allow safe and secure voting with accountability.
Our Representative would then take the vote of the people and under penalty of law vote as instructed
What are the pros and cons of this approach?
Technology aside, as it could be made secure in many ways, one Pro is that We the People would be in charge of our Government once again, but this is also a Con as a whole lot of people are idiots. While it would be great on local issues as most people are somewhat informed, on national issues, while some are straight forward votes, some are very complex issues that one part of the country may not understand. Example: While everyone is horrified by what is happening in the Gulf, if it came time to help them rebuild and tax dollars are needed, as I am sure they will be, the people of the north would tell the south sorry. That would not be right to do but when it comes to ones wallet, this is where "help" breaks down. Under those circumstances, a national disaster fund should be available and used.
Another Pro will be the employment that will be generated by this. Technology, staff and maintenance would all be handled on a local level to employ the people involved in the local community. There is much more but let's leave that to open discussion.