Talk:Debate: US electoral college
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Comment by Russelmania
How can that be? Well, it seems that the Constitution has lost most of its meaning to many people. The Constitution provides for 2 levels of government. Each level has its own constituency. The federal government does not have the public (you and me) as its constituents. He is not really our president. He is the President of the United States (the federal government). His constituents are the states of the union. That government is NOT supposed to deal with matters that effect you and me, the general public directly. That is why we are not guaranteed a voice in the election of the position. Our governments are NOT democracies. We have (the Constitution guarantees) a Republican form of government. That is we are protected by laws. We are not subject to the whim of the majority. A person once asked me to think of a democracy as three wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner. In a Republican form of government, the sheep would not be at risk of harm from the majority wolves. That is not the case in a true democracy. The Constitution mandates that the federal government forces a Republican form of government on each state, so that each of us are protected from the whims of the majority. Matters involving the public were to be managed by the states. Matters involving the states were to be managed by the federal government. So how does a state, something that is not living and breathing, and has no mind of its own, elect a president of its governing body? Well, each state could be given one vote. It could be given more votes depending on its land mass. Or it could be given more votes based on its population. They chose the latter, and the Electoral College was formed. Although all states hold an election for the constituents of the state to voice their opinion, the Constitution does not mandate it. It is wholly up to the state to decide how it wishes to cast its votes. With those individual decisions, and cast votes, the President of the government governing the states is elected, democratically.