I have always thought we should do away with the Electoral College or at least go to a system that the number of electoral votes a person gets depends on the percentage of the vote he or she got.
What do you all think at least what do you all who live in the USA think.
Please do not make this post about a certain party or candidate for president[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=samlar;2144650]I am not sure that the idea of popular vote would have caused the problems stated above and as for as the part about big states elecing the president that is just what we have now. At least for most part. I until today had always thought it should be done away with now I am lost not sure.[/QUOTE]
I used to lean toward your initial thoughts on scrapping the Electoral College.
I certainly don’t disagree with your ambivalence and trying to reason it out.
One of the many incredible features of the U.S. Constitution is that it is truly a living document. The framers of The U.S. Constitution were nothing short of brilliant. As a group, I believe they have no rivals in government, past or present. They knew that as times change so must the document. It is constructed so that its principles remain intact, but it is nevertheless malleable and allows for change as the republic evolves and time advances.
Keep in mind that we are not a democracy, but a republic.
The founding fathers, while disagreeing on many things, reached a consensus about the Electoral College. This was based on principle and not simply a function of the time in which they lived. The Electoral College is very much an integral part of “checks and balances”, so key in the very fabric of a republic.
A quote to ponder…
“[I]A pure democracy can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will be felt by a majority, and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party. Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths[/I]”.
[I]James Madison, Federalist Paper #10 [/I]
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