The Electorial College

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    The one advantage to the electorial college as it was originally done was that it was the state governments themselves that picked the president. This always made the federal government something that represented the state's interest and was one more thing that kept the state governments in the loop of the entire system.

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    Can't trust the people can we?
     
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    Has nothing to do with distrusting "the people." The EC keeps one or two regions from dominating the entire electorate and helps build a national consensus.

    That it kept that crazy son of a bitch Al Gore out of the White House was just gravy.
     
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    EC is redundant....
     
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    it also votes land and not people.
     
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    It usually puts an end to squablling in close races. Not always, as 2000 showed, but it was a big help in 1960 and 1968, and also in 1992. It amplifies rather than interferes with the will of the people.
     
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    100% Correct. It staves off a PURE Democracy, which can be summed up as mob RULE, and a step or two away from pure anarchy.

    The EC ensures this never happens, and the PEOPLE have a voice from far and wide, and not one of just a FEW elect taint the process to the point where THEY solely RULE.
     
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    Says he who hasn't a coal in the fire. Pffft.
     
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    if that were the case then 2000 would have turned out differently. no?
     
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    If Gore had been able to win his home state, Florida wouldn't have mattered.
     

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