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Thanks Al, But Next Time Invent the Internet

thomas2304 Wrote: Sep 02, 2012 9:21 AM
From "America is a Republic, not a Democracy" A republic, by contrast is a federal government, ultimately controlled by the people, with five salient features: 5. The majority does not necessarily rule. For example, America elects her president by republican, not democratic, principles. That is why a person can win the presidency but lose the popular vote.
susan3031 Wrote: Sep 02, 2012 5:18 PM
Pure democracy is a form of government in which people vote on policy initiatives directly. With National Popular Vote, the United States would still be a representative democracy, in which citizens continue to elect the President by a majority of Electoral College votes by states, to represent us and conduct the business of government in the periods between elections.
Former Vice President Al Gore recently expressed his newly developed opinion that the United States should dispense with the Electoral College formula for choosing the President and Vice President.  Of course, this complex and enduring practice gets beat up every four years.  It seems a bit convoluted, especially when considering that Americans will someday be able to cast their votes on a mobile device.
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