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The Electoral College, Under Attack

Radley2 Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 9:04 AM
Great points... The best of which is that the Presdient is not just an expanded version of our congressman. President, Senator and Congressman all have different jobs... One big mistake that was made was when they let the Senators be elected the same way as the representative congressmen. That took away a protection of the states interests and rights. Lets not make that same mistake with the President. The big swing towards socialism starts with the change in how senators are elected. Great piece!
disecke Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 9:08 AM
That mistake is already made, Radley.. Amendment XIV Section 2 demands that ballots within each state decide Electors, rather than the State itself (State legislators/governor). I totally agree with you though about how it SHOULD be. But given the current situation, the Electoral College does not protect States at all.. it merely provides for a distorted democratic election of the executive. I feel that as long as we have to be "democratic" and thus lose the States check on the Federal Government, we might as well do away with the EC (though going back to the original way would be even better).
Paulus Textor Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 10:06 AM
Ideally, Senators should be chosen by the legislatures. The same goes with electors. I agree that the 14th (a badly-written, mangled piece of legislation that has opened the doors to all kinds of federal government mischief) seems to create a "right to vote" for electors that had not existed previously.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 10:23 AM
The 14th speaks of a "right to vote for electors" that had not previously existed. Popular voting for the electors had become a tradition, but the state legislatures still had (and perhaps still have) the power to select electors by whatever manner they choose.
disecke Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 10:48 AM
You are absolutely 100% right, Paulus. Couldn't agree more.

As Tuesday’s election ticks ever nearer, my fervent wish is a solid electoral college win for Mitt Romney. Not to get greedy, but I’d like it in the bag before the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

I hope this is not asking too much. October’s poll swing and a broadening visceral sense tell me this election may not feature the nail-biting closeness we have been told to expect for months.

But if we are to be ensnared by a down-to-the-wire finish, get ready for the attendant micro-focus on the Electoral College, and the resulting debate over whether it should...