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Abolish the Electoral College
NY Times ^ | August 29, 2004

Posted on 08/28/2004 11:34:36 PM PDT by Former Military Chick

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1 posted on 08/28/2004 11:34:36 PM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: Chieftain; Ragtime Cowgirl; gatorbait; writer33; GreyFriar; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; ...

Wow the NY times is 2 for 2. But, wasn't this what Hill was pushing after the last election.

If so the Times will use her to push their agenda. Clinto/Times the agenda is the same.


2 posted on 08/28/2004 11:36:14 PM PDT by Former Military Chick (I previously posted under Military Chick)
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To: Former Military Chick

Oh great, now the dems can go crazy with vote fraud.


3 posted on 08/28/2004 11:37:32 PM PDT by Che Chihuahua (The only good liberal is a dead communist.)
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To: Former Military Chick
The main problem with the Electoral College is that it builds into every election the possibility, which has been a reality three times since the Civil War, that the president will be a candidate who lost the popular vote. This shocks people in other nations who have been taught to look upon the United States as the world's oldest democracy.

The leaders of most other nations are not elected by majorites, but by pluralities (rather like all Democrat Presidents since 1944, except Johnson and Carter). In the parliamentary regimes, the voters don't even get to choose their leaders - the parties do, and then the voters get merely the choice of party or local party representative if they are lucky (as in Canada and Britain).

4 posted on 08/28/2004 11:39:20 PM PDT by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: Former Military Chick

This nation does not elect any federal officials in a nationwide ballot... why should the President be different?


5 posted on 08/28/2004 11:39:42 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (http://www.drunkenbuffoonery.com/mboards/)
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To: Former Military Chick
Lets abolish mafia errr ahh unions and keep the EC !
6 posted on 08/28/2004 11:40:02 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Former Military Chick
It's hard to tell New York City children that every vote is equally important

Do it for the children. LoL!

7 posted on 08/28/2004 11:42:09 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: Former Military Chick

Apparently the Slimes does not understand the reasin that our founders set up the elecotral college. Small states are NOT over represented if anything they are under represented. If you want to go to a straight popular vite then last time around you would have ended up with Gore. The whole point of the electoral college is to make candidates work for votes from states and areas they would otherwise pass up. Look at the Bush Gore map of 2000....Gore came dangerously close to winning by focusing on the large population centers thus leaving out MOST of the rest of the country. The electoral college is massively better than ANY other possible voting suggestion that I have ever read....Read some history, under stand the nature of a republic, keep the electoral college


8 posted on 08/28/2004 11:43:08 PM PDT by jnarcus
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To: Former Military Chick

Electoral College is great, There should be a limit on the number of electors from a state before a state needs to split into two. California is insane, that monster needs to be split into three states.


9 posted on 08/28/2004 11:44:29 PM PDT by dila813
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Without the EC, candidates would just focus on NY, CA, TX, FL and a handful of coastal mega states. Soon, the fedgov representing these mega states would carve up the "hinterland" into a series of virtual colonies.

Of course, the NYT would love this outcome.

The founding fathers were brilliant.


10 posted on 08/28/2004 11:46:47 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Former Military Chick; MeekOneGOP; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; potlatch; Happy2BMe; onyx; Smartass; ...



"This shocks other nations!" -- NYT


Oh


We just gotta change the US Constitution!


11 posted on 08/28/2004 11:47:49 PM PDT by devolve ( -- Kerry & POW`s families - http://pro.lookingat.us/POW.html --)
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To: dila813

The way that state votes, it might do well to find another way. Different parts of CA vote with the conservatives. They are just outmanned do to the rest of the state. imho


12 posted on 08/28/2004 11:48:25 PM PDT by Former Military Chick (I previously posted under Military Chick)
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To: Former Military Chick
A few years ago, this page was moved by these concerns to support the Electoral College.

I bet that one would only have to go back a few months ago to find a Times editorial decrying any attempt to change the Constitution. Just run a search on the "Defense of Marriage Amendment."

13 posted on 08/28/2004 11:48:57 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (we use the ˇ°ml maximizeˇ± command in Stata to obtain estimates of each aj , bj, and cm.)
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To: Former Military Chick
The main problem with the Electoral College is that it builds into every election the possibility, which has been a reality three times since the Civil War, that the president will be a candidate who lost the popular vote it actually allows states other than New York, Massachusetts, California and Illinois to have some sort of say as to who gets to be President, and who doesn't.

Edited for intellectual honesty. If they're going to advocate radical alterations in the U.S. Constitution, they should -- at the barest minimum -- be honest as to precisely why they're so desperate to do so.

14 posted on 08/28/2004 11:48:58 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: Former Military Chick

The Slimes need a history lesson.


15 posted on 08/28/2004 11:49:09 PM PDT by demlosers
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The majority does not rule and every vote is not equal - those are reasons enough for scrapping the system

Straight from the NY Slimes: Support for Tyranny of the Minority..

16 posted on 08/28/2004 11:49:33 PM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Meega, Nala Kweesta! Romanes Eunt Domus....)
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To: Former Military Chick
(The majority does not rule and every vote is not equal - those are reasons enough for scrapping the system.)

scrapping the system? NO WAY!

17 posted on 08/28/2004 11:50:44 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Former Military Chick

I thought hillary was going to get right on this about 4 years ago.The NYT would be much better off seriously investigating the charges against Kerry rather than batting the air with proposals to change the constitution. As it stands if the NYT likes something I'm against it.


18 posted on 08/28/2004 11:50:44 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Sharon! Go Bush!)
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To: jnarcus

Absolutely. If the popular vote was all that counted, candidates would campaign in the Northeast and the West Coast, with the occasional layover in Chicago. Screw the rest of the nation. It's a terrible idea.


19 posted on 08/28/2004 11:50:48 PM PDT by inkling
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To: Former Military Chick

This is the very reason that we should instead go back to the original system where the Senate chose both the President and the VP.

Our Founding Fathers were smarter than we realized.


20 posted on 08/28/2004 11:52:30 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (Goodnight Chesty, wherever you may be.)
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