In conclusion, the Electoral College should be abolished because small states are unrepresented, there are many flaws in the system, and it is not accurate based on people 's votes. Overall there seems to be no need for it, it was made for the reason that back then they thought it was a simple way of choosing a president, but really it just causes problems and does not represent the candidates or voters fairly. If America is truly about equality and democracy, then they will abolish the Electoral College and let the people have a
Although much of the nation believes that the Electoral College should be kept, there are many reasons as to why the Electoral College should be abolished. First off, the fact that there is a possibility that the popular vote of the citizens is not really taken into consideration when it comes down to electing a president that will rule over them. Although the citizens are allowed to cast a vote in favor of the particular candidate that they wish to elect, but it is not necessary that the electoral vote reflects the votes casted by majority of the population of that state. As a result of the unjust representation of the people’s votes, which adds to the many reason as why the Electoral College should be abolished, the voter turnout has been decreasing as an increasing amount of the citizens realize that their votes doesn’t actually matter. Even though the Electoral College will still be in place for a decent amount of the future, if I were to devise a new way to elect the President and the Vice President of the United States of America I was leave it to direct popular vote by the citizens which the Electors must be obliged to cast their vote corresponding to the popular vote of the citizens.
In 1787, The Electoral College was established by the founding fathers of The United States and put into the Constitution for a compromise between who congress votes for as president and who the people vote for as president. This established an indirect system for voting for the president. Each state chooses a representative to represent their state and vote for the president. The representatives from each state also choose the vice president. The Electoral college consists of 538 members.
According to Thomas Hobbes, the reason this is the case is because people are selfish and evil and that they protect their interests really well by using certain tactics to make sure other people devastate their needs and wants. Also, without a leader, these people would be very chaotic and attack one another of many things when there isn’t any government in charge. Thomas Hobbes also didn 't support the idea of democracy where the citizens’ were allowed to vote for their government leaders. Due to his idea that people are only trying to promote their self-interests, democracy wouldn’t be a great idea because he wrote that “All mankind is in a perpetual and restless desire for power which can only stop in death,” so giving power to the individual would be creating a dangerous situation which would start a “war of every man against every man, “and life will be “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Despite all this, Thomas Hobbes still believed a diverse group of representatives that can present the problems of the common person to king, so prevent them from being cruel and unfair but the monarch has the final
Blatantly, the first ... ... middle of paper ... ... that nonvoting makes you less of an citizen in a democracy. Other leaders do not care if citizens vote or not, “I’m not going to shed any real or political tears if people don’t care enough to vote. I don’t believe in making it easy for apathetic, lazy people. I’d be extremely happy if nobody in the United States voted except for the people who thought about issues and made up their own minds and wanted to vote…” (Former Senator, Sam Ervin). The idea that people who do not vote in elections are lazy is not well supported.
An intrinsic element in the success of a democratic society is the willingness of the people to be self-governing. In modern America, to say that we have a government that is for, by, and of the people does not mean that each citizen is autocratic and simply 'takes the law into his or her own hands,' but rather that each citizen has the responsibility to actively participate in this large-scale experiment known as American Democracy. Therefore, the problem of declining voter participation is a serious one indeed. Several reasons for this enigmatic conundrum of voter apathy have become apparent in recent years. In many presidential elections, numerous Americans have found themselves compromising their views and voting not for the candidate with whom they resonate best, but rather for the candidate who they dislike the least.
“America has tried to convince other countries that freedom of speech, free press, and equality for every citizen are necessary ingredients for a successful democracy. The existence of…the natural born citizen requirement in the American Constitution means that Americans do not practice what they preach” (Herlihy, 285). If America is intending to be an example of opportunity then it should start by amending the Constitution. In other words by ending discrimination among foreign born citizens regarding the eligibility of presidency. Repealing the Natural Born Clause and passing the Equal Opportunity to Govern Amendment is not impossible, but it may take a lot of years to pass.
However, we should not feel this way because Jefferson also stated that "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed. "(2) Jefferson then went on and stated "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it and to institute new Government" (2). It is not as if people do not have problems with the government. We protest the same things that Thoreau did: paying for wars, services that we personally do not use, corruption in our government, etc. Yet our society today does not use productive means to invoke our "Right of the People" and demand a "better government".
The framers had concerns that method of selection by legislators would allow a small group of people to select the president, and could lead to the corruption of the process. Alexander Hamilton believed that selection by legislators, “could lead to the president corrupting the legislators to stay in office” and other delegates worried that the “president would be too depended on the legislators and would not excise independent judgment” (Edwards III 80). The framers also believed that an “average citizen of the time would be unable to make an informed decision since new country lacked proper communication and instead they would only support local candidates and this would also give larger states a decided advantage” (Edwards III 81). Another reason had to do with slavery. Delegates who represented the south did not want to use the meth... ... middle of paper ... ...at we amend the constitution to change from Electoral College to direct vote system.
They were also afraid that a centralized government could over throw the people and take over without a fight. The founding fathers wanted the people to be able to fight for freedom. Yet over the years people believe that the right to bear arms means many different things. Some believe it means that only the militia has the... ... middle of paper ... ...men who wrote the foundation of our government lived through a time when they had their rights taken away. They obviously did not like having their rights taken away.