America: too many laws ?

In America there does not seem to be a Check-and-Balance Relationship between the people and our laws that our legislators create:

  • 1 – we elect legislators,
  • 2 – they create laws,
  • 3 – then what?

Some might say ‘just don’t re-elect the lawmakers’, which is a fair enough idea. But look closely and I believe that you will possibly see that Non-Re-Election does not erase the laws created! And it is highly unlikely that a new candidate will overturn laws.

It seems to me that it would be a good idea if we could have a means to filter through the laws, to determine the ones that we do like and the ones that we do not like.

For instance, juries could evaluate the legitimacy of laws. Juries are fantastic structures within our country where regular people are brought together to interact closely, personally with the laws that our elected officials have created, and to participate in the implementation of those laws.

Imagine if after a common trial has completed the jury could be called for another task: to discuss one law, chosen at random, to determine its validity from a common person’s point of view.

If the jury determines that they like the law then the law should remain in effect. If they do not approve of the law then they should overturn the particular law. If they do not understand the law because of its complexity, then they would leave it alone.

Over the course of many decades, average people would become more sophisticated with regards to laws, and would gain the intelligence needed to better determine good laws from bad.
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It should be mentioned that currently we do have the function of ‘jury nullification’.

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