Americans, how would you prefer your congresscritters vote...?
There are two schools of thought (at least).
1. Legislators should vote based solely on the opinion of their constituents.
2. Legislators should vote in the best interests of their constituents.
There are good and bad points to both paths. For #1, what if the constituents are uninformed boneheads who wish to see some horrible, dangerous thing enacted into law that they really haven’t thought through, maybe because it’s popular? For #2, what if you feel like you’re being told what is good for you, and you disagree – whether it’s right or wrong wouldn’t matter to you, would it?
The easy way out is to say that there is a time and place for both methods of governance, based on the matter under dispute. Of course this is true, and sometimes the vote would be the same either way. But sometimes, these will be two different results, and on the whole, which tack would you rather see your congresspeople take? Would it be the same if your own ideas, which you felt were correct and reasoned (who doesn’t?), were unpopular with the masses?