Re: Article: Abolish the Electoral College

From: Joel Harris <joel_at_ccpconsultinginc_dot_com>
Date: Mon Aug 30 2004 - 20:24:35 CDT

David Weintraub wrote:

> Since all of the reasons for having an electoral college such as
> uneven state suffrage and slavery aremute, we should get rid of this
> completely undemocratic institution.

As written before: the United States of America is NOT a democracy. It
is a republic. Not only that, but the states are "guaranteed" that they
will be a republican form of government (Article IV Section 4). So the
fact that the electoral college is not democratic is not even remotely a
good reason to remove it.

As someone in flyover terretory (Indiana), I find it comforting that all
presidential politics do not take place in New York, California and
Texas. States such as West Virginia actually count.

I really think we should show a little more respect for the Constitution
and those individuals who came up with it. They did an immaculate job.
I dare say if they were writing today--even without slavery--they would
have come up with something very similar to the electoral college due to
the varying sizes of the states.

Joel Harris

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively,
or to the people.
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