Electoral College: Yes or No?
Anita Sharpe on Culture
I suspect your answer to this question depends on whether your candidate won or lost the last presidential election. I will say, it's hard to get terribly worked up about an election if you live in a 'secure' state where your vote doesn't much matter one way or another.
As The New York Times notes today, 'a majority of Americans living in states that are already firmly blue or red can only marvel at the attention bestowed upon places in Electionland like the Quad Cities, where Iowa and Illinois and Wisconsin come together and more than 400,000 people live.'
So, is it time to switch from a Republic to a Democracy in which every vote would really count? I couldn't remember how, or why, the electoral college came about and had to do a little Net trolling to find a good history. Interesting that
the framers of the Constitution set up the electoral college to operate without political parties and without national campaigns. The original idea was to have the most informed citizens from each state select the president without regard to the candidate's state or region of origin or political party affiliation. Hmmm. Time to re-examine or not?