In a republic, voters pick who represents them at the various levels of government and they pick proposed laws on the ballot — often a daunting task. Ballots get longer and levels of government proliferate. What started in 1787 as a straightforward social contract is now a maze of laws and regulations. Besides the national maze, we have state, county, and city equivalents. Additionally, at the local levels of government there are numerous boards and committees.
So, when we enter the ballot box, do we really vote for what is to our benefit? Probably not.