Do away with the Electoral College?

Submitted by Charles Gossett on 11/5/04 at 12:28 AM. ( )

Well, another election cycle has ended and as with every election cycle the question of the electoral college comes up. Many Liberals have for years and especially after 2000 screamed for its removal. So lets ask:
Why do we need it? First let me say something as to why we keep hearing more and more people ask that question. The further we get disconnected from our history whether by way of time or lack of education the more we start questioning things that have proven to work for years. To understand why the EC works and should stay we must first understand where we came from. We have to hearken back to the days when we first saw a need to be free of a Tyranical Gov across the way. A lot happened in a short period of time and in a snapshot we where like an abused child tasting freedom for the first time and could have gone in any or even many directions and fortunately for us we had some men who could see beyond the needs of their days.
They understood the need to build a gov and society based on everyone's needs not just those of any certain groups which is why the United States was deemed a Constitutional Republic and NOT a democracy. Think for a moment the thought that was put into selecting such a gov when at that time our Founding Fathers feared Tyrany and its sisters monarchy, aristocracy and democracy. When I hear people talk about the US as being a Democracy I cringe because it truly shows a great lack of understanding as to what a Democracy is.
Remember what Madison said," "Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention, have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have ever been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." A Democracy is nothing more than organized Anarchy and in any Democracy the henchmen today is most likely henched tommorrow.
To remove the electoral College in this country would be to unravel the Constitution in its entirety because they are very much intertwined. If we are to rule that we should now choose our Leader by Popular vote embracing the idea's of Democracy then we must then put the State powers of Govern in the hands of the people. Doing that would without doubt cast many limitations on various groups of individuals. Does anyone not belive that if allowed that abortion would not then be illegal in various states based on popular votes, how about Blacks, Gays, gun owners, losing rights. You can't have it both ways and our SCOTUS would indeed rule that if we are to choose to allow the plural of our society to dictate who rules the nation as a whole then that same plural should not be removed from making the same choice at the state level.
Our Country is far from perfect but the way we chose to elect our Leader and government is damn near it. The thought put in to allow every state to have some say to who gets elected requires those who choose to run to try to please a much broader constituancy. Do away with the Electoral College and only those in the three largest cities will be listened to but with the EC our leaders have to at least listen to everyone from North to South,East to West even if they don't agree and a state as small as New Hampshire becomes just as important and wields just as much power as a state as large as California even if its just for one day.
Charles Gossett

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Just split the electorial votes in each State by percentage

This response submitted by Ed on 11/5/04 at 9:11 AM. ( )

each person got in votes. If a state has 10 electorial votes and a person gets 60% of the vote he gets 6 electorial votes and the other person gets 4 electorial votes. Otherwise the people in the big citys will determine the winner.

USA Today had a map of the winner by countys in all States the Democrats won the countys in every state with large cities and a few rural areas but over 95% of the map is red for Republicans.

If it ain't broke

This response submitted by JL on 11/5/04 at 6:31 PM. ( )

leave it alone. It's worked for many years and keeps on working for the people. JL

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