Tuesday, August 28

In need of College Education

Once again, the electoral college is being displayed as a poster child of all that is not democratic in the Untied States. Once again the good men and women of the United States must be reminded that we do not live in a democracy any more than we live on the moon, and that is a good thing. California driven by Republicans are attempting to award the states electoral votes by congressional district. While the measure is unlikely to pass, they are not only short sighted political gerrymandering but destructive to our republic.

Remember what Franklin said when he came out of the Constitutional convention when asked what type of government had been created: "A republic, if you can keep it!"

We are about to loose it, and we will get the full force of mob, democratic rule.

The author presents three reasons why the Electoral college is not good:

1. It betrays the principle of majority rule.
Response:This is also what is called mob rule. The Founders specifically were appalled by this type of rule as much as they were by monarchy. They hated king George, Revolutionary France even more.

2. It reduces the general election contest to a matter of what happens in Ohio, Florida, and a handful of other swing states. Response: While taking away the electoral college might make a candidate visit more states, it would NOT make him visit more Americans or a larger cross-section of the American people. Candidates always have limited time and resources. They will try and spend those resources where they have the greatest chance of making a difference. This will mean spending in the urban areas were people are easier and cheaper to reach. Rural areas loose. My town of Menomonie would never have seen Bush and Bloomer (another small town) would never have seen Kerry.

3. The "proven pliability" of the Electoral College invites partisan operatives etc. to engage in state level manipulation.
Response: I've got a surprise for you! The Electoral College gives states more rights. That is the whole point. While the Framers did not fully understand the way that the system would develop (they didn't even think in terms of parties or that the electors would be required to vote for someone) the added control that the Electoral College affords the states would be the least of their concerns.

And now for the biggest irony: the quote by Jefferson. "We are all republicans, we are all federalist." While talking about parties do you think there was a reason that no one wanted to be called a "democrat"? Democracy? Eeew!

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