According to Posner, “The Electoral College restores some of the weight in the political balance that large states lose by virtue of the mal-apportionment of the Senate decreed in the Constitution” (Posner). Although the electoral college does prevent some states from having too much power, it also gives immense power to other states, such as Texas, Florida, and California. Another concern for people that support the electoral college is that it helps control swing states from having too much pull. Despite some states having a stronger pull in the voting system, switching to a popular voting system would negate the swing state concept and help each individual citizen proclaim in own political believes, despite the state he/she lives in. William discusses the 2008 election and states, “It 's time for a national popular vote.
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.
The reason I mentioned that is bipartisanship means both parties have to come together but some time with parties they think bipartisan ship means one republican jumps on a mostly democrat bill or vice versa. That’s not bipartisanship at all what it is, is congressmen giving each other favors in order to pass a bill. There isn’t much give and take which means it’s not bipartisan. Also bipartisanship stops gridlock but if there are positions that one side feels that needs to be addressed it and it doesn’t then it pays off to be partisan. The reason for that is that the legislation process has some form of debate so parties make good quality bills that doesn’t grant the ills of both parties on the bill.
The popularity of the members of Congress and Congress overall has been declining as the years pass and time changes. The dissatisfaction and disapproval of the public is so high because according to David Mayhew who wrote Congress the Electoral Connection members of Congress are single-minded people who are only focused on reelection, involve in “smart” behavior such as position taking, credit-claiming and advertisement. Also, according to Mayhew parties are weak, however, that is all not true people tend to vote more so for their party than the person in general. Arnold the writer of Logic of Congressional Outcome, states that Congress has many things to take into account such as citizen preference, robe-challenger, has to take into account
The argument considering the validity of the electoral college system is home to many complicated components, therefore, creates very diverse opinions. In addition, not all voters are well educated as to how the system works as a whole nor the beginnings of the electoral college and why it was called to action. Because many people are only exposed to portions of the media, biases are easily founded. Some would argue that the electoral college helps the nation to manage large numbers of votes and essentially "round-out" a winner. When the elections are fairly slanted towards one candidate, the electoral college is helpful in fully distinguishing a winner.
I do not think this system is fair, I think it contradicts the fact that as Americans we are given the freedom to vote, but it seems as though the people’s vote actually doesn’t decide much. It has been proven in 2000, when George W. Bush lost the popular vote by .51% yet still won the electoral college vote by 271 to 266, this doesn’t seem right to me at all. Part of living in the U.S. is having the opportunity to vote for the person running your country, we are always told “our vote matters” which it does in a sense, but it seems more as though we are voting for other people to vote. The Electoral College system is very unequitable in my eyes. The people chosen for our electors meet on the Monday following
Congressional term limits have been what restricted the amount of time that anyone can work in office whether it be to a representative, senator, or even the president. People have debated over keeping or losing the term limits, since each come with their own benefits and faults at the same time. In the argument for term limits, some may argue that they are necessary because, “Congress will be more responsible toward their constituents because they will soon be constituents themselves” (Weeks). The validity in this statement proves to be one of the strongest arguments because the creation of laws is mean to serve all people, and if the people in office had complete immunity, it would serve unfair and unjust to the rest of society. For this reason, it always will make those in office consider how impactful and
The Federalist system of our government requires there be a sharing of power between branches, which is very much enforced with the Electoral College. There are speculations that with the abolishment of the Electoral College, the Federalist system would be lost with it. The Electoral college also helps to promote the two party system, and while some people may take issue with this, it is a way of creating stability in our government. With the distribution of power the Electoral College promotes, this allows the minority to be represented. However, there is a big issue in that the majority vote is not properly reflected by the Electoral College.
This creates not only a political gap between conservatives and liberals, but also a geographical gap where demands and attitudes differ and people of both parties do not understand each other. As a consequence, political compromise becomes more difficult since conservatives and liberals do not understand the needs and problems of others with conflicting political views, and they become less willing to negotiate since they cannot comprehend why others believe in certain things (Pew Research, Political Polarization in the American Public). Consistent liberals believe that their political leaders should “get what they want” 62% of the time and consistent conservatives believe that their leaders should “get what they want” 57% of the time (Pew Research, Political Polarization in the American Public). Hence, echo chambers have increased polarization in American politics by creating social and geological differences between liberals and conservatives and by making users more likely to only observe information that aligns with their
I believe that, yes it would have an adverse effect on a presidential election because the more debates a democratic party or republican party has means that the public and other party members have time to learn about the candidates and the issues that candidate supports. For example if a person like Donald trump which is on the republican party goes outside to a lot of debates and shows he’s not afraid he could outshine his competition in debates and even win more votes over the democratic party that has its main runner Hillary Clinton at a disadvantage with less debate time. Yes debates influence candidate selection during elations because the person decided who to vote for knows the side they want, and they know what that candidate thinks
“The Electoral College was created by the Founders because they did not trust people enough to allow them to directly elect the president.” Since the majority of the American people had limited education and communication, the founders felt the “average voter lacked the information to be an informed, unbiased judge of candidates for presidency.” Therefore when voters cast their ballot, the college reviews the peoples’ choices and then decides which of their preferences are best. (Lenz and Holman, 87) Many people feel that this system is undemocratic because they are not able to directly vote for their candidate and because the winner of the popular vote can lose the electoral vote. This happened in the 2000 presidential election between George
Although the Constitution was created to benefit society and assist the foundation of government, the U.S Constitution is one of the shortest around the world and additions became a necessity throughout government occurrences. Another detrimental aspect of the U.S legal system is the length each legal issue demands before concluding. The system is designed to benefit the accused and provide a fair trial; this is a valuable right provided to the American public. With this system in place, the legal process takes a large amount of time through due process. To reiterate, the United States has a valuable quality when approaching the legal system that some countries do not possess.
Thus. The US general elections are not the great equalizer. The general election designed in a way where voters in less populous states have more per-voter influence on Electoral College than voters in more populous states. (Due to the Apportionment Act of 1911), which limits the House of Representatives size and keeps the House from growing along with the population as Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution outlines. The answer to this problem is a not a more direct voting system based on the popular vote.
Although we know that legislators are more extreme than are their constituents (Bafumi and Herron 2010), scholars have identified a range of factors that might explain elite polarization but have failed to generate consensus. Redistricting is one of the most commonly cited explanations for polarization (Mann and Orstein 2006). However, this is hotly debated in the literature. Abramowitz, Alexander, and Gunning (2006) argue the polarization has no effect, as the elections for House positions are not becoming less competitive. Carson et al.
How can a person with that much money relate to an ordinary person? The United States has made great strides towards bringing awareness towards diversity, but with how this political campaign has been shaping up, it has caused a divide not only between political parties, but in race relations as well. Trump’s average supporter does not have anything in common with him except for what the words that come from his mouth. Mr. Trump is popular with people who are against immigration, have fallen behind on these hard economic times, and do not hold a college degree (Guo, 2015). In the same article, the author discussed how Republicans without a college degree were more likely to think that immigrants weaken the economy more than college educated Republicans do (Guo, 2015).