You know that there is always someone going to point out the US is not democracy but rather a republic…..usually it is someone that is trying to make a point but have nothing to add to the conversation…..
It is true we are a republic…meaning that we cannot elect the president directly….instead it has to go through the whole electoral college thing.
Personally, I have stated many times that the EC has run its course and it is time to get rid of that dinosaur from our early days.
It will not be eliminated simple because our country can only support the 2 party system……according to some government would collapse if we ever rid ourselves of the EC….that the US would slide into anarchy.
The wealthy elite that are our founders did not want a democracy……..
I’ve already confessed my bad attitude about the Electoral College system. And I’ve listed 10 of the potentially serious ways it can screw up our choice of national leaders. The trouble with such a list is that it implies that we have somehow been saddled with the worst system possible. It needs to be said that no system for choosing a national leader would be perfect (although I do believe that considering the anachronistic elements of our system, we could definitely do better).
All this system-bashing could also begin to imply that I have no respect or appreciation for the Framers. That’s not so. Although I don’t seem to have the normal allotment of reverence for the Constitution or its authors, I see them as very smart guys, many of them heroes of the War for Independence, who came to Philadelphia in the summer 1787 hoping to — and trying hard to — make things better.
One in a series of articles. You can read the whole series here.