Sunday, July 24, 2016

Party Bosses Have Ruined Electoral College’s Original Intent

I came across an article on the Opinion page of the Independent Voter Project (IVN) site by David Yee.

He writes:

Alexander Hamilton, a Federalist, believed in the Electoral College system. He wrote in Federalist #68 that it was an important feature, allowing us to have confidence in the “choice of the person to whom so important a trust was to be confided.” It was intended to be both a safety valve and a feature that would ensure that not only “local darlings” would be voted for the Presidency.

When the Electoral College was instituted in the Constitutional Convention, the fear was to prevent anything that would endanger the Federal republic, whether that meant a further swing toward direct democracy or a movement toward despotism.

So important was this trust that in the final draft of the Constitution, no Federally Elected Official or person holding “an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States” could serve in the capacity of a member of the Electoral College.

Today, instead of people who hold no “Office of Trust or Profit under the United States,” the Electoral College is now made up of Party bosses and leaders who have sworn their allegiance to one of two private political organizations. These Party insiders are supposed to be our Electors of great trust.

Even the Federal Election Commission concedes in a public interest paper that the Electoral College “contributes to the political stability of the nation by encouraging a two-party system.”

CLICK HERE to read the entire piece.

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