Some argue that the Electoral College supports our democracy: “...the Electoral College makes sure that the states count in presidential elections. As such, it is an important part of our federalist system - a system worth preserving” (Doc. C). In this quote, John Samples argues that federalism is important to our nation and this system supports it by giving power to each state. However, the Electoral College was originally founded because the delegates did not believe that the people were educated enough to make a good choice.
The only way to change our country is by working with each other, not against each other. With some Americans refusing to stay open minded to the beliefs of the opposite political party, our country will get nowhere. As one of our country’s Founding Fathers, Washington would not approve of this, and demand the next president change this. If George Washington was still alive today, he would be able to give the next president advice to transform our country. Someone with the unbiased mindset toward the two main political parties would be a much needed perspective for the next president.
This is because, choosing a leader means choosing someone who will be involved to take decisions. This normally considered as a right which should be universally respected. However, Americans have a special way including public election campaigns where people hear from candidates debates.
According to, (Grofman & Feld), authors of Thinking About the Political Impacts of the Electoral College, "it has been argued that one party may develop a “built-in” advantage in the Electoral College if its strength comes disproportionately from the smaller states" (Grofman, & Feld, 2005). Although, candidates focusing more on the competitive states leave much of the county barely aware that there is even a presidential election going on. Mostly because these states have higher electoral votes. This discourages voter turnout because the individual vote only matters to the context of the state (Constitution,
We can see how the strategic president is ideal by comparing the presidencies of Carter and Reagan. Both of these president had no experience as a politician in Washington so great persuasion skills were needed in order for them to get legislation passed. President Jimmy Carter did not hire many experience Washington politics as his delegates which hurt his case when he was trying to pass legislation through Congress. Reagan used the strategy of a strategic competent president by hiring very qualified officials in his cabinet, this helped Reagan to get his agenda passed greatly. Here we can clearly see the right mix of minimalist and self-reliance being used in the Reagan administration.
The Electoral College is a good supported system because no one region can win an election on it’s own.“The Electoral College requires a presidential candidate to have transregional appeal. No region (South, North East, etc.) has enough electoral votes to elect a president (Posner)”. In addition, The Electoral College protects bigger states such as California from completely throwing elections
Each state has a different amount of Electoral votes based off of population with s state such as Texas having 38 votes, while one like Vermont has three, and at least 270 Electoral votes are needed for a candidate to become president. Swing states are also major factors in an election, with what ever candidate winning them normally wining. These make it possible for a candidate to have won more states, but not a lot of Electoral votes and for a candidate to win the popular vote, but not the Electoral College. One incident of this was when in 2000 when Al Gore had received more popular votes while George Bush had the most electoral votes, and became president. Incidents like this have led people to be split on the usefulness of the Electoral College.
Then as a state a candidate is chosen. The amount of influence a state has on the election depends on how many districts it has, and a district is determined by population. The more people in a state the more powerful that state is on election day. This is because one candidate can win the popular vote by a landslide but if the opposing candidate wins key overall state votes he or she would win. Many people do not agree with the way the United States elects the president.
“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country” Franklin D. Roosevelt. Is America as Democratic as they make it out to be? Do they give their citizens the freedom to vote for who they want? Since 1886 it has been a fiercely competitive battle for the top seats in the American government, with only two main political parties realistically going to win.
Much effort has been put into analyzing voting behavior and patters in previous elections in an effort to predict their own voter base and those social groups they could concentrate their efforts on and those groups that would appear to be a lost cause and therefore a waste of time in terms of money spent and time invested in targeting as potential voters. The use of emotional appeals in political campaigns to increase support for a candidate or decrease support for a challenger is a widely recognized practice and a common element of any campaign strategy. Campaigns often seek to instill positive emotions such as enthusiasm and hopefulness about their candidate among party bases to improve turnout and political activism while seeking to raise fear and anxiety about the