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Question for Americans (Kebir Blue)

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DavePat

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 01:29 am Click here to edit this post
Generally the federal view is a european one derieved from their long experience with central control. America attempted to reverse this model and for a period it worked and worked well.

The founders were after and thought they had achieved a weak central government ensuring a representative government known as a republic as opposed to a representative democracy. As I pointed out earlier this concept eventually gave way to the representative democracy embraced by europe as we expanded the franchise. This begs the question though which came first the chicken or the egg.

What the electoral college does is prevent the large states from dictating to the smaller states who will be president, although in recent decades, because of migration of people around the country, this ability has been serverely limited. A dozen states can decide an election, and a half dozen counties within those states can determine the winner takes all menatality that grew out of the effort to move us to a democracy. The one size fits all is accepted within our election process for president, all but a couple of states allow the winning party to take all the electors for that state. This also is not what the founders intended but never specified otherwise, it is also what allows the 2 party system to survive with a stranglehold on the election process. I submit a lot of the disatisfaction of the past 2 decades is a direct result of the loss of why our founders set things up the way they did and what we have made it. The intended our elections at all levels to be chaotic, little revolutions without blood. By standardizing them, ensuring the power is held by a 2 party system, it creates lossers on a level which can easily translate into a bloody revolution. The disenfrancised are not those who votes were not counted, nor those who did not vote, but those who feel the entire process was biased towards the winner (Bush 2000 and 2004 and Obama in 08). The rhetoric coming from the 2 parties to continue the divide fuels this level of disenfranchisement in a manner the founders never believed possible under the rules they had intitally established. Only one other time in our history has this disenfrancisement been felt more and that was the 1860 election which lead directly to the civil war.

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