posted on May, 27 2011 @ 12:54 PM
Understand that the electoral system is embedded in the US Constitution so any change would have to be made through one or more amendments. Secondly,
I think many people don't realize the intent of the system. They just think, "One person, one vote. End of story." It doesn't work that way, so
they think "it's terrible!" It really is not in context. The first thing you have to get over is that it's all about you.
It's not all about you. It's about the states. I know we're told it was all because of transportation and communications difficulties. Then we're
told that since thiose are now solved the electoral system is invalid. Once again,, it's about the states. Without it, the east coast and California
would choose every national election we had. The electoral system forces the country to consider Wyoming, the Dakotas, and many other states into the
equation. That way it's not as easy for the left-wing coasts to dominante the elections.
Originally the "United States" was a plural term. After the Civil War it was increasingly seen as a singular term. Although we can pretend that the
Civil War was all about slavery, the fact is it was much more than that, with "slavery" used as the emotional cause celebre to justify the war
which, when fought, was the largest war in the history of humanity. Indeed, more people died in the Civil War than all the rest of the conflicts in US
histiry combined. The war was "about" Federal government domination over the states. The states were no longer "equal," they were subservient to
the National government.
This culminated with the 17th amendment in 1913 with direct popular election of senators which had been selected by state legislatures. States rights
were again eroded. Now we have calls, like this one, for the removal of the electoral system altogether. What we will have if that happens is mob
rule. Once we have mob rule, all that has to happen is the guy with the best television ads wins. The mob will loot the treasury, and the Republic
Oh, wait. That's already happened. Never mind!