Our Electoral College system is based on issues that no longer exist. We have 24/7 communication all across the globe. We don’t need to worry that uninformed country bumpkins will elect someone based on lack of information or worse an unqualified person.
Ironically this 2016 election proved that an electoral college system doesnot prevent an unqualified person to be elected. If we had the ability to elect candidates based on popular vote alone, we would now have the only qualified presidential candidate in this disastrous election as our incoming president. Unfortunately, modifying or eliminating the Electoral College is highly unlikely to be abolished or modified to reflect the vast changes from the days of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution to the present time.
I’ve included a link to an article which discusses why the Framers of the Constitution created the electoral college below.
“Hamilton and the other founders believed that the electors would be able to insure that only a qualified person becomes President. They believed that with the Electoral College no one would be able to manipulate the citizenry. It would act as check on an electorate that might be duped. Hamilton and the other founders did not trust the population to make the right choice. The founders also believed that the Electoral College had the advantage of being a group that met only once and thus could not be manipulated over time by foreign governments or others.”
Another even more disturbing reason for the Electoral College to be created was to allay the fears of Southern slave owners that the Northern states at some point would be able to end “slavery commerce”. So Thomas Jefferson who was largely the proponent of this modification to the Electoral College was eventually elected president basically on the backs of slaves.
More can be found on the Internet that goes into greater detail about the Electoral College system. As American voters, I believe it behooves us to understand this process which was originally established as part of forming and retaining our elected representatives. Ignorance is never blissful in my experience. Being ignorant or easily swayed by those who would purposely use and abuse any portion of our Constitution is especially crucial when other governments can intervene during an election cycle. An obvious example is the Russian hacking of Democratic computer systems and having the information leaked through various channels to influence voters. Unfortunately, the Framers of the Constitution had no ability to foresee the future of computers and instantaneous global communication.
And that’s the way the cookie crumbles…
Note: Please excuse any typos or grammatical errors. Living with very little sleep over the past week and a half does blunt the brain’s functionality. Future elections will hopefully be less “exciting” one can only hope.
“IF ANY OF these law enforcement shoot one of my people, it is going down, people,” Atsa E’sha Hoferer tells the camera on Facebook Live.
“We are prayerful people.” Atsa E’sha Hoferer of the “Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota” protesting the proposed pipeline through their reservation. Our government apparently wants to screw over Native Americans once again.
The Trail of Tears wasn’t sufficient? Just once it would be great if our government treasured people over profit. Especially those who history were mistreated so horribly.
In New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Cleveland, life-size statues of Donald Trump in the nude stand in public. They were placed there by the anarchist collective Indecline… ”
“The Trump project is titled after a genital omission each statue shares, “The Emperor Has No Balls.” It’s an escalation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 parable about a ruler so overconfident that he believes he’s wearing the world’s finest clothes, even when parading in the nude through his realm, beneath “his splendid canopy”—until a child breaks his delusion.”
Naked Trump Video is worth watching if you enjoy laughing. The video is available for your viewing pleasure at: The Emperor Has No Balls
Larry David made a return to SNL last night, resuming his role as the loveably cranky presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. In the political cold open, David’s Sanders begged us to send him the pennies in our vacuums (we totally would). But it was David — as himself, not Bernie — who became the chorus of the . . .
My opinion regarding Trump racism and bigotry? Duh. If his lips are moving, he is spewing misogynistic, racist bigoted excrement. That’s pretty blunt yet the thought of Americans actually voting for this guy is repugnant. American voters (not all, of course) tend to allow media and political messages from candidates to be their information source.
Don’t worry too much Trump being elected President of the United States of America. I’ll be astonished if he becomes the Republican nominee. He has some major faults that just can’t be overlooked especially his bigotry. It tickles me that America Ferrara wrote an open letter to Mr. Trump via Huffington Post: