Argument: Direct democracy helps check political class
John Fund. "The Far Left's War on Direct Democracy." Wall Street Journal. July 26, 2009: "A total of 24 states allow voters to change laws on their own by collecting signatures and putting initiatives on the ballot. It's healthy that the entrenched political class should face some real legislative competition from initiative-toting citizens... Representative government will remain the enduring feature of American democracy, but the initiative process is a valuable safety valve."