HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » NashvilleLefty » Journal
Page: 1

NashvilleLefty

Profile Information

Name: John
Gender: Male
Hometown: Nashville
Home country: USA
Current location: Nashville
Member since: Wed Jan 11, 2012, 10:49 PM
Number of posts: 811

About Me

I am a registered Independent, because I don't want to be "tied" to one party. However, the Republicans have gone insane every time the Democrats release a party platform I tend to agree with it. Therefore, although technically I am Independent I am effectively a Democrat. I may disagree with the Electoral Process, and the 2-Party system, I am a Pragmatist. I believe in making Progress. I am an Idealist, but I understand that in order to achieve any Progress toward those Ideals requires a Pragmatic approach. Although I may agree with the same ideals as many others, I may also disagree with the path to achieving those ideals.

Journal Archives

I think the ElectoralVote system is outdated

Disclaimer: even though Obama appears to be losing the popular vote but winning the Electoral Vote, this is NOT a "troll" thread. I believe that Republicans are trying to steal the votes with Voter Suppression Laws and DRE's, but these issued should be addressed separately. The first step would be addressing the "cash = free speech" fallacy which is the basis of the Citizen's United ruling.

When the Constitution was drafted, the concept of Electoral Votes made absolute sense and was actually a flash of genius! At that time, United States was a loose coalition of individual States (and later along with Territories) that were basically autonomous because of the distances between the various States that could only be traversed at the time by horse mostly over muddy roads.

There was a "discussion" (war) and evolution between the idea of a Strong Central Government and a looser coalition of individual States who had a lot of autonomous power. The idea of Electoral Votes goes back to the idea of a coalition of States. Frankly, when it could takes weeks for representatives to travel to the Central Government, this made perfect sense.

However Abraham Lincoln and that whole Civil War thing changed the basic idea of a coalition of loosely- based States switched to the idea of the coalition being the over-riding power. So, power switched from the individual States to the Central Government.

Perhaps it was a bit premature, because the South is still reeling from the carpetbaggers that migrated to the South to cheat demoralized Southerners. As a Southerner, although there were some mistaken ideas (largely justified by the Church, but as usual the Church only reflected established ideas). But that is basically off-topic except to argue against the whole "South shall rise again" thing.

As I said before, the whole Electoral Vote thing made sense back when information traveled by horseback. But, now information travels across the country at the speed of light. Interstate commerce no longer depends on horses or rivers, and when commerce used to take days, weeks, or months it now takes hours. I have seen several people complaining that they would have to go to bed and wait until the morning to see the Election Results - when it used to take weeks

Of course, this will mean drastic changes in Campaign strategy. Instead of saturating battleground areas with Campaign ads, every candidate will have to follow Howard Deans "50-State Strategy" and focus toward EVERY voter, and not just those in certain States.

But, is that really such a bad idea?
Posted by NashvilleLefty | Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:09 PM (6 replies)
Go to Page: 1