ChaseChrome wrote:Electoral College was instituted to "protect" the "interests" of the slave-owning states...
That's all anyone really needs to know
Ferit or againit
everybody quietly looking down at their shoes...
so did you pick this horseshit up at the source? a revisionist wannabe law scholar who loves to read racism into everything this country is founded on? or did you pick it up from some second rate libtard website parroting amar's worthless analysis? he cherrypicks one comment from madison, mischaracterizes the hell out of it, and everyone is in a tizzy over a fourth rate argument based on a non sequitur. truth is, electoral college had nothing to do with slavery and everything to do with the danger represented by the idiots buying into this garbage.
This is why we have the electoral college:
In order to appreciate the reasons for the Electoral College, it is essential to understand its historical context and the problem that the Founding Fathers were trying to solve. They faced the difficult question of how to elect a president in a nation that: was composed of thirteen large and small States jealous of their own rights and powers and suspicious of any central national government; contained only 4,000,000 people spread up and down a thousand miles of Atlantic seaboard barely connected by transportation or communication (so that national campaigns were impractical even if they had been thought desirable); believed, under the influence of such British political thinkers as Henry St. John Bolingbroke, that political parties were mischievous if not downright evil; and felt that gentlemen should not campaign for public office (The saying was "The office should seek the man, the man should not seek the office.").
The function of the College of Electors in choosing the president can be likened to that in the Roman Catholic Church of the College of Cardinals selecting the Pope. The original idea was for the most knowledgeable and informed individuals from each State to select the president based solely on merit and without regard to State of origin or political party.
The structure of the Electoral College can be traced to the Centurial Assembly system of the Roman Republic. Under that system, the adult male citizens of Rome were divided, according to their wealth, into groups of 100 (called Centuries). Each group of 100 was entitled to cast only one vote either in favor or against proposals submitted to them by the Roman Senate. In the Electoral College system, the States serve as the Centurial groups (though they are not, of course, based on wealth), and the number of votes per State is determined by the size of each State's Congressional delegation. Still, the two systems are similar in design and share many of the same advantages and disadvantages.
The similarities between the Electoral College and classical institutions are not accidental. Many of the Founding Fathers were well schooled in ancient history and its lessons.
attributed to William C. Kimberling, Deputy Director FEC National Clearinghouse on Election Administration
yuh, the reason we have the electoral college musta been keepin the bruthas down. you must be confusing it with the 3/5's compromise.
the reason madison said what he said was virginia's agrarian status and relative lack of dense population centers. the electoral college increased virginia's influence in choosing the president compared to a popular vote. so he did have a motivation, but it was NOT slavery.
not ironically, at least to me, it functions much the same way 225+ years later. wonderfully, in this election, it staved off franklin's prediction that “when the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.” Guess which side of the college debate he was on?