Some disparage the Founding Fathers’ distrust of the population. They constructed a representative republic rather than a pure democracy, even in a time when voting was limited to white yeomen—those who owned land and had what was considered a “stake in the country.”
The example of the French under Napoleon Bonaparte, who were constantly engaged in referendums that determined the amount of authority Napoleon should have, provide an example of why the Founders eschewed democracy. These referendums were direct votes, considered to be the most democratic of all voting methods. Each vote granted Napoleon more power until he became an absolute emperor over the French people. The French democratically and freely voted away their own liberty.… …
Protecting the Minority from Majority Aggression
Then, there is the Electoral College, which really only makes sense when looking at the overall federal election system. In bringing the United States together under a new Constitution, the Constitutional Convention delegates were confronted with safeguarding both the people and the states from the great power that the new central government and chief executive may hold. To this end, they arranged an election system that distributes the vote among different election bases, coupled with elections for each office being held in staggered years.
The Idea Is Actually More Power to the People
The House, with representation proportional to each state’s population, was to be the people’s house, with the people voting every two years, so it could meet exigencies that needed the attention of the people. The Senate was to represent the states, with two senators from each state appointed by the state’s legislature for a six-year term, and the selection staggered with one-third being selected every two years.
How Democratizing Voter Bases Erodes Their Power
Firstly, senators are no longer elected by each state’s legislature, a tremendous loss to our federal system. This change is mostly responsible for much of the legislation that focuses on national issues at the expense of particular regions. We see it in legislation aimed at the inner cities, but put in the form of national legislation that is said to improve the lives of everyone in the country. Some targeted legislation dramatically affects entire industries, such as the coal and auto industries.
If You Want Real Diversity, You Want the Electoral College
The Electoral College, it has been said, was constructed in some part to prevent a presidential candidate from winning an election based on support from just one region of the country. If the vote were strictly by population, there would be a concentration of small, populated areas controlling vast areas that have very different needs and values.
If we could assume for the moment that the purview of the federal government were reduced in scope, closer to its original intent, and not involved in individuals’ daily lives, and many individuals did not depend upon the federal government for their livelihood from cradle to grave, there would be less focus on the presidency, which would be most concerned with those issues that affect the country as a whole: defense, international treaties, foreign policy, etc.
The Left Wants to Homogenize America
The conundrum for those in the middle and especially on the Left, is that they want everyone to want and have the same things they do, even though everyone doesn’t want what they want. More precisely, many on the Left want to take assets from one segment of the population and give these to another, even though the exchange is not voluntary. They see nothing morally wrong with this political arrangement.
If You Don’t Like It, Move
Americans move all the time. We are the most migratory industrialized population in history. In the 1950s there was a migration of gays to New York’s Greenwich Village and other metropolitan surrounds, looking for sexual freedom they didn’t have back home. In the 1960s, big-city kids wanted to get back to the land and wound up on farms and coops and communes in the hinterlands.
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