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Al Gore Wants to Get Rid of the Electoral College

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/09/03 18:23:22

The last time I remember the Electoral College being a big issue was the 2000 presidential election. Al Gore had won the popular vote, but George Bush had won a majority of the electoral votes, and ultimately, the electors are the ones that elect the president. I remember my liberal political science teacher ranting and raving about how we needed to abolish the Electoral College, because he said it was antiquated and also it just wasn’t fair. “How could it be that we end up with someone like Bush when most people voted for Gore?” he asked. But would liberals be as irate if their candidate had benefited from the Electoral College? Probably not.

Recently, in an interview with Current TV, Al Gore stated concerning the Electoral College that people in non-swing states are “written off and ignored, and people are effectively disenfranchised in the presidential race.” He concluded, “I really do now think it is time to change that.” But the Electoral College system is important because it actually prevents densely populated regions from having an unfair advantage over everyone else. It actually gives everybody in the country more fair and equal representation than a direct popular vote would. Al Gore and other liberals would prefer a direct popular vote, but that would mean that a few densely populated cities could theoretically decide the election and “effectively disenfranchise” the rest of the country. And which way do most of the big cities swing? They’re mostly liberal, so getting rid of the Electoral College would mean an unfair advantage over the conservatives. No wonder liberals are in favor of scrapping the system.

The Electoral College is also important from a state’s rights standpoint. It allows the states to choose the next president instead of a few populous cities. The founders knew what they were doing when they had this system incorporated into the voting process. It provides a check and balance to the “mob.” It protects the minority. And I thought the liberals were all about “protecting the minority.”

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  • ProVega 2013/10/07 22:40:57
    ProVega
    We should. The Electoral College is outdated and should be abandoned.
  • ilstarwars 2012/09/03 19:09:39
    ilstarwars
    +1
    The electoral college is stupid. It makes it so the president is not so much who the people want, but who the politicians want. And it makes it practically impossible for a third part candidate to win. So much for Democracy. The only reason the electoral college was made was because back then, politicians considered the American people to be stupid, so they didn't want them to be easily swayed by someone who couldn't actually run the country well just but they knew how to make a good speech or they were famous or something. The only good thing about the electoral is it gives individual states more of a chance to voice their opinion. The electoral college is also the reason we have swing states.
  • marie 2012/09/03 19:04:38
    marie
    +2
    that is stupid... the system was set up to protect the people fomr making really dumb decisions...
  • Pete 2012/09/03 18:50:09
    Pete
    +2
    I guess "Big" AL needs attention again, his global warming is fading away and now he has to whip up some more crap to keep his name alive in the news, Well in my book he is right up there as big as Jimmy Carter!
  • Reichstolz 2012/09/03 18:27:36 (edited)
    Reichstolz
    +1
    Of course he does, and he wants to fly around in his privately chartered jet and tell you to conserve energy.

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