Originally posted by mwm1331
The electoral college, much like the two houses of the senate was a way to keep the more populated states from exercising undue influence on national
policy. Under the one man one vote system the peoples of the south western states as well as the midwest due to its sparse population would have less
influence on the population than the eastern seabord states. By virtue of the electoral college that effect is mitigated somewhat.
One interpretation of it. Was another reason not to empower the slave owning states by giving them an increased share of electoral college votes
measured by the amount of slaves they owned, with three slaves being equal to one free man. And am I not correct to say that the prison population is
used in a similar way currently.
Also, a partial recount?! Here's the way democracy works. If you dont get a clear cut result you have a recount. Not a partial recount, but a full
recount. Otherwise you don't get any sense of how all the people in the whole area voted. A partial recount can only give you a partial result. You
shouldn't need a court to tell you that, it should go without saying. In order to find out how people vote, you count their votes. It might take
time, it might be awkward, and a bind, but you do it, cause it is how the electoral process is validated.
And no Ghostwolfemoon, I do not believe that Americans are nasty brutal people who torture and violate folk. But I do believe that the American
government is a nasty brutish institution which routinely violates individuals rights, and individual bodies. One of the governors of Abu Ghraib under
the US was fired from his position after an inmate at the prison he ran died while tied to a chair. Prisoners in southern prisons have had dogs set on
them. The US government is quite happy to violate its own citizens once they have abdicated their right to vote, why should it then have any
compunctions about violating the rights of foreigners. And if the US was so concerned about Saddam, why did it help to put down the independent
democratic revolt which occured after the first Gulf War.
If despots are worth doing away with, then why are we working with Uzbekistan, which is run by a brutal gangster who bought up the country after the
USSR collapsed, and routinely tortures dissidents to death.
I am glad that Saddam has gone, but I have no faith in the US. They are entirely unwilling to acknowledge the results of elections they do not
support. When Chavez was elected, they supported a coup against him, until it was put down by massive popular unrest, at which point Bush had to back
down. The Iran-Contra affair was about using money from arms deals to fund a right wing paramilitary (read terrorist) group which wished to bring down
the elected goverment.
And I would prefer a truly independent group such as Amnesty to verify the election, as the UN was willing to give the all clear to elections in East
Timor in which the Indonesian military routinely brutalised the local population, and which was grotesquely flawed according to every independent
assessment. The UN has belatedly acknowledged that these elections were flawed, but it is a sad indictment of their abilities to do their job. As
such, I would like other external auditors to assess the security of the electoral process in Iraq.