Skip to comments.The Few Decide For The Many (Huge BusinessWeek report calling for abolition of Electoral College)
Posted on 06/03/2004 8:00:39 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War
Demography, as the saying goes, may be destiny. But an archaic system of representation that includes a winner-take-all selection of electors and eschews proportionate representation at the local level is denying a voice to political minorities. Are you perchance one of the 2.4 million hardy Democrats living in Texas? You might as well hang up your political spurs. Since the Reagan era, Texas has become solidly Republican. Or perhaps you're a GOPer in New York or California, home to a combined 8.5 million members of the Grand Old Party. Tough luck, pal.
Today, the Electoral College still benefits smaller states by giving each of them two bonus votes in the Presidential balloting. Because most of these states are becoming increasingly Republican, that hands the GOP a built-in edge of 10 to 12 electoral votes -- more than the margin of victory in 2000.
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Stephen B. Shepard
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So what the author is saying is, that as long as the Electorial College worked in favor of electing DemonRATS, it was a-okay, but now that it seems to favor Republicans-it has outlived it's usefullness. Well that's just too damn bad, isn't it?
The World Series is decided by who wins the most games, not who gets the most runs in the whole series.
With that said the Electoral system (if not a college of people) must stand.
Business Week is in the same liberal dumpster as Time and Newsweak, et al. It's a fading print publication that struggles by with cheap college-newspaper hires and has-been hacks. No surprise that it's an anti-capitalism, anti-America publication. Democrats run the place.
Business Week will endorse Kerry.
Kent: "But sir, everybody knows the Electoral College works..."
White: "I DON'T CARE Kent! Use a strawman! Play on people's fears! Bring up Florida! Now you make the EC look like yesterday's dishes or you're fired!"
I just endorsed that - three times. I asked the extra two to be deleted, but the mods are on holiday or something. Maybe it is time for flame war. I know you and I are up to it. :)
They also didn't trust regular white landowners to make the "right" decisions, which is why they allow the electoral voters to switch if the "wrong" candidate is voted for. However, that is quite the rare occurence.
"Finally, the College was a sop to Southerners, who were given credit for each slave at the rate of three-fifths of a free voter, magnifying the power of white property owners in Dixie."
Setting aside all else, isn't this factually in error? Wasn't in fact the 3/5 rule a method to REDUCE the representation by not counting slaves the same as freemen?
Perhaps. But thrice in six seconds?
Very elegant analogy.
It was a compromise. The North wanted zero, and the South wanted one. Three fifths was the compromise.
As I recall, one of the first things the Hildebeast did upon taking the junior NY seat in the Senate was to draft a bill to abolish the Electoral College - wonder why? The bill was defeated, thank God.
Exactly. The way the article is written is at least not the whole story.
First of all, "unfiltered democracy" is still just as dangerous today, as it was then. Perhaps moreso. Probably moreso.
As I understand it, the 3/5ths deal was a NORTHERN compromise, - the Southern slaveholders understandably wanted each slave to count - reason being for increased representation in congress, not that slaves were to be afforded any rights other than to be a slave. The Northern states, for their part, didn't want any slaves counted at all, in order to dilute the power of the Southern states. We can deduce this stuff, despite what anyone at George Mason Uni might have to say, or Business Week.
Remember, those determined to undermine the constitution won't ever stop, it requires eternal vigilance on the part of the citizenry, to become and remain informed of just what exactly our forefathers did, and bequeathed not to just this country, but the world. What's next, abolishing the Senate, too?
Well I can type three letters in 6 seconds, can't you? And therefore I can click the mouse three times, when I don't get near instant gratification of the post registering.
The Electoral College must stand. The reason the Founding Fathers wanted it is still the same reason we need it today. Just take a look at California and see where the dems live and then see where the republicans live. This is fair representation
Amen. We can't allow the Electoral College to fall. If the globalist/Libs get their way, only NY and California need vote. We can't allow them to replace our Republic with mob rule.
A small or medium state (20 or fewer electoral votes) would be nuts to change the electoral system to a popular vote.
It'd take about 2 election cycles for the people of Calif, NY, TX, Fla, and PA to realize they could run the country and ignore everyone else.
"Anarchists like chaos"
Maybe, but that can't be their sole motivation. Socialism leads to fascism each and every time. Perhaps they are the same thing, in any case, to be avoided if at all possible. How many times does the world need to re-invent the wheel? The last century's slaughter-fest ought to be proof enough. Right???