It baffles the mind, that Americans don't elect their President directly, with a straight +1 national vote.
IE, the one that gets the most votes nationally, even if it's only 1 vote more than the other guy, wins.
In Canadian and English politics (which I am used to) we elect our local Federal MP (Kind of like your Congressman), and then the generally person who
is leader of the party with the biggest number of seats in Parliament becomes Prime Minister. As there are 3 parties in Canadian and British politics
that matter, sometimes a coalition is needed in order to gain that majority, such as the current coalition government in the UK between the
Conservatives and *gasp* LIBERAL DEMOCRAT Party (see, in other countries, the parties can work together)
However, In Canadian and English politics, the parties pick their own leaders, so we don't directly elect the Prime Minister, either. But then again,
we never claimed to be the greatest democracy on Earth.
In American politics, you make your vote for Romney or Obama. People think that they're actually voting for these candidates, when in fact, your
voting for the people in your state that make up the electoral college. In some states, it's as low as THREE people who make the decision.
Now, generally, those electoral college representatives vote the way that the majority of voters in the state tell them to, but in some states, they
are not legally bound to follow this vote.
In reality, under 600 Americans make up the Electoral College that votes for President. In 2008, over 120 million Americans voted for their electoral
college reps, and trusted under 600 people to make the choice for President for them.
It's really a sad state of politics that when the ballot says "Romney" or "Obama" and you put your mark, you're NOT actually voting for the person
that you made the mark by.
The electoral college means that even candidates who win the popular vote nationally by large margins (such as Al Gore in 2000) might not get
Of course, if American Presidential candidates had to appeal to a national audience rather than particular states, the campaigns would, amazingly, be
MUCH more expensive.
The greatest democracy on Earth? Don't make me laugh.
edit on 4-10-2012 by babybunnies because: (no reason given)