Rendering citizen votes useless in elections if the citizens don 't even get to choose who they wish to be president. Thus hindering our nation 's democracy even more. For even the constitution states "we the people" rather than "we the government". Another issue is "since the birth of the electors college, 157 electors have not casted their votes to the candidate 's they represent".Shockingly enough, this issue has been allowed to be proceeded since the birth of the electoral college. Providing Americans with no true democracy
In addition, the winner-take-all system, also known as “unit rule”, while not always necessarily representative of the popular vote, “the electoral college and unit rule provide decisive majorities that lend stability to our presidential election system” (Josephson, Ross 162). This stability compliments the argument that it simply isn’t worth the effort to make any changes to the Electoral College because of the work involved and how functional it is. The Electoral College may not be the most ideal system, but it performs the functions it was designed to do. As said by Alexander Bickel on the
The epic Aeneid by Vergil was written during the reign of Emperor Augustus and his formation of the Roman Empire after the Republic. With Augustus at the head of a nation, he desired for his name to be elevated beyond those before him. While traditional means of cementing his legacy in history, such as war and conquered territory occurred for Augustus, he also wanted to prove that his authority was a foundation for governing over the current people. The epic provided that means for Augustus with the help of Vergil. The Aeneid takes a propaganda approach to the political realm by not only solidifying his authority of rule, but also linking his name in history with those heroes that came before him.
Both the English Bill of Rights and Thomas Paine's Common Sense displayed interesting and creditable views regarding how to develop and maintain a well-functioning society through a well-structured government. The English Bill of Rights aligned a list of basic rights granted to individuals which included fair taxation and forbid cruel and unusual punishment. Common Sense is a well articulate essay that urges for the independence of the thirteen colonies from the British. In his text, Paine noted the importance of differentiating society and government, and condemned the practices of British monarchies (Paine, 62). Both documents theorized that political authority over the people should be fluid and well-constructed through a fair and equal governing body in order to ensure a equal and well-functioning society .
Since the start of America, government has always been essential to the success of society. According to Thomas Jefferson, who is a founding father of America,” I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them”. In other words, Jefferson is saying the key to a bright future is if the government is able to carry out their responsibilities and take care of the people. Numerous novelists and philosophers make various arguments about the success of society based on the government and humanity. Through his language in “The Tyranny of the Majority” Alex de Tocqueville argues that the majority is too powerful and will silence those outside of
As the President, Roosevelt wanted to multiply the influence and reputation of the United States in the world and make the country a worldwide power. Roosevelt’s political saying was to "speak softly and carry a big stick," and he upheld the fact that a president must be willing to use force when essential while practicing lots persuasion. Therefore Roosevelt
Getting rid of the popular vote would get rid of this idea that the peoples vote does actually impact the election. We get several voters who do really care about the election. We aren’t even close to the full population voting during the election. From this past election, people still don’t understand how Clinton won the popular vote, and lost the election, and then they think this is all unfair. But that is not how the founding fathers had planned for it, because if the majority always won, then the minority would always lose.
Further, through the Electoral college all votes from each state goes to a given candidate, it is a winner take all system. Also, if your state is not a battleground state it is largely ignored and the battleground states are shrinking Levinson states, “by 2004, only 13 states, with 159 electoral votes, were battleground states.” (88) This results in the majority of the population becoming irrelevant. This is yet again an example wherein a minority of the population exerts control over the majority. Levinson’s solution to the electoral college is a national vote with a runoff system to ensure a majority vote for the president. Levension’s strengths in this argument lie in the fundamental unfairness of the electoral college.
The political process in America is complicated, messy, and altogether avoided by most Americans. Contrary to popular belief, the United States of America is a neither a direct democracy nor fully a republic; instead we are a representational democracy. In most cities and town across America the mayors, and other city officials, are elected by the popular vote (whoever gets the most votes in an election wins). Counties and States use the same method when deciding who gets to be governor, state senators, or county commissioners. States are divided up into districts based on population numbers in order to elect the peoples’ representatives in either the state legislative house or the United States House of Representatives.
To begin with, Paine saw the need for a new and stable kind of government that promotes, represents, and unites American people. According to Paine it is mainly because of the people 's constitution that the British government is considered to be less oppressive compared to other European governments. Therefore, it is very important to recognize and consider the difference between society and government, especially monarchial, and their impacts on their communities. Paine argues that society affects people positively by uniting them and promoting their wellbeing. On the other hand, government by a king is rooted in an evil origin, and history has shown that it 's hereditary succession leads to foolish, wicked, and improper leaders, who
The quote, "That the future may learn from the past," is a truthful way to state our knowledge of government from the past in relation to today 's. For example, in today 's government a proper democracy takes place because of knowledge gained from the Colonial Williamsburg capitol 's brave and intelligent decisions. To add on, the capitol taught us how to run a successful government with representatives and congress, while keeping a fair profile. In addition, we learned from past mistakes to include women and African Americans in the government. Consequently, we have learned many key components to a successful government based on the colonial era 's Williamsburg capitol
It was not easy for George Washington and the others to establish this new rule. They had to consider the problems of the populations of certain states. For instance, there was a plan called the Virginia Plan. The Virginia Plan proposed to have a bicameral legislative plan. This did not work because it gave big states an advantage because of the representatives in Congress that were based on population.
It also protects smaller states by balancing the voting power from each state giving everyone representation. With the Electoral College, each state in given an initial 2 electoral votes before giving them the states to complete the 538 vote total. This should create an optimal election where everyone’s opinion is can is treat evenly instead of only using the ideology of the largest state. USA Today states that, “A popular vote contest involving multiple candidates could produce a winner with, say, only 35% of the vote, provoking an outcry to create a runoff process involving the top two vote-getters.” Incidence like riots, voter fraud, and voter recount will be more reamped because a third of the population would be making a decision for an entire country. With the Electoral College, the responsibility of
Although the popular votes do not determine the elector votes, it almost always happens where the electors vote for whom the popular votes resulted in. This is one of the many reasons why the Electoral College is unfair, past elections have shown that bigger populations have more electoral votes, concluding that smaller states’ votes become insignificant. This leaves people in question, is the Electoral College now based on where you live? Even though the purpose of the electoral college is to ultimately decide who will occupy the position of the president, there was an Electoral Commision of elite representatives, established to determine the 19th President, because of the situation the electoral college caused. The commission included five representatives from the House, another five associates from the Senate and five justices from the Supreme Court.
But Washington made the ideas of the American founding real. He incarnated liberal and republican ideas in his own person, and he gave them effect through the Revolution, the Constitution, his successful presidency, and his departure from office. What’s so great about leaving office? Surely it matters more what a president does in office.