posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 08:10 PM
I am in agreement with Misoir on this matter. I will of course try not to rehash his remarks on the process of which we elect the president (or the
assumed name of the Electoral College). His one important point though is the destructive outcome of the plurality system.
There are a few things to note in this regard: We have no national elections; rather we have local and state elections for persons to a federal
office. The electoral process for elevating a person to the Office of the Presidency is to -- as others have pointed out -- ensure that each State,
regardless of population, are given a fair shot at having their say on who will be president.
Moving to a popular vote (although many believe this is the process already in place; America has a very anemic understanding of the process) would
empower such population centers as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago; to name a few and would leave smaller center's of populations to have no voice
If one would understand the electoral process for selection of the president, one could see that it is highly democratic! But people fail to realize
that they must be involved at their respective State level politics to help shape who gets elected/selected as an elector.
The problem there of course is....how many actually participate at the local/state levels (in which the most "democracy" is afforded)? My guess; an
extremely small percentage of persons.
Hamilton, Federalist Paper 68
They have not made the appointment of the President to depend on any preexisting bodies of men, who might be tampered with beforehand to
prostitute their votes; but they have referred it in the first instance to an immediate act of the people of America, to be exerted in the choice of
persons for the temporary and sole purpose of making the appointment. And they have excluded from eligibility to this trust, all those who from
situation might be suspected of too great devotion to the President in office.
The system isn't broken (save the changes to a plurality voting scheme system); the People are just not educated nor care about participating in