Ed's Second "Successful" Prognostication
Edappel8 at cs.com
Thu Dec 14 23:54:15 EST 2000
Pursuant to what Michael said, I realize my "druthers" in respect to changing
the proportions in the Electoral College is a mere pipedream. The necessary
ratification by three-quarters of the states alone would make for such an
amendment an impossible hurdle. More than a quarter of the states in the U.
S. of A. would lose some of their power in presidential elections. So it
ain't gonna happen. Add to this insurmountable roadblock the fact that most
of these smaller states are now reliably Republican, and we can see how
sentiment against such a reform would have national, not just regional,
Contra Keith, though, I still say it's a good idea--if we're serious about
democracy. The small states would still have their disproportionately large
say in the U. S. Senate. Wyoming (pop. 350,000, I believe) would still have
as much clout there as California (pop. 34,000,000). What we would avoid via
my proposal is an election like this one, where the "winner" achieved neither
a majority of votes nor a plurality. Quite undemocratic.
As for Jack's highly elliptical argument about the relationship between the
Electoral College and milti-party vs. two-party systems, I think he needs to
get some rest and come back later to re-explain himself.
Only one more week, right?
BE HAPPY IN YOUR WORK!
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