With the huge amass of complaints directed towards the American government since the inception of social media, I am surprised to find that most of these people are entirely ignorant to exactly how their government even works. These are the people of course who submit blind faith into a puppet government and by the sheer definition of Insanity, they keep voting and hoping all their worries will be laid to rest with just the right candidate. Even though It has never worked that way, American’s will give their lives for it. The American Democratic system of voting, The majority rule; Or so one would think. The surprising amount of voters unaware of how a bill becomes law, how the electoral college works and etc. Usually seem to be the first people to fire off patriotic rhetoric in support of death squads they call “The Troops”. Insanity I assure you this madness does not end here. I have debated with many over the internet, in person in school etc. Finding out most have no idea what policies and plans their candidate support and plan to put in motion, nor do they have an idea as to each candidate’s true track record. So of course when election time rolls around these people who have received more money than you ever seen in your life to “Run for President.” And run, they most certainly will. However, all you will hear is what you want to hear. You will hear the same issues being brought up, and bogus and or radical solutions to these problems. You believe it enough to cast your vote in support of this candidate’s presidency. But, will this candidate, like all others fall through on every single promise? Only to make things much worse? Of course. But you say to yourself “this time I have found the one true solution to all of America’s problems…this person is the one!” So you cast your vote, the election is held. What happened? It seemed the guy everyone voted for, did not win the presidency!! People are freaking out, demanding a recount only to find out they have been a done a service by the all American tradition of the Electoral College!! Oh and this was my father’s experience in 2000 when despite the votes, George Bush was elected and Al Gore was not.
For those of you new, I’m doubting you have read this far, because you figured this is hard core truth and you have no desire to learn anything. It’s fine. But if you are still here and have no idea what the Electoral College is, or what they do…here’s a nice little elementary definition.
The United States Electoral College is the institution that elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years. Citizens of the United States do not directly elect the president or the vice president; instead, these voters directly elect designated intermediaries called “electors,” who almost always have pledged to vote for particular presidential and vice presidential candidates (though unpledged electorsare possible) and who are themselves selected according to the particular laws of each state. Electors are apportioned to each of the 50 states as well as to the District of Columbia (also known as Washington, D.C.). The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled, while the Twenty-third Amendment grants the District of Columbia the same number of electors as the least populous state, currently three. Therefore, in total, there are currently 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 senators, plus the three additional electors from the District of Columbia.
What does that have to do with my father’s bad experience in 2000???
Read on, It gets better.
The elections of 1876, 1888, and 2000 produced an Electoral College winner who did not receive at least a plurality of the nationwide popular vote. In 1824, there were six states in which electors were legislatively appointed, rather than popularly elected, so the true national popular vote is uncertain. When no candidate received a majority of electoral votes in 1824, the election was decided by theHouse of Representatives and so could be considered distinct from the latter three elections in which all of the states had popular selection of electors. The true national popular vote was also uncertain in the1960 election, and the plurality for the winner depends on how votes for Alabama electors are allocated.
Story short, aside from the claims The Electoral College places balancing of the votes is hogwash. Clearly, it has been put there to assure that by default. They will have who they want in office. And they did this 16 years ago with Bush…and we all know what happened there. My point for the post. Voting is bullshit. With the current system in place, there is no power to the people. Democracy is fail when it is still controlled. This is what you call that illusion of freedom. But, What can you do?