And the electoral college doesn't exist because people are too dumb to pick a president themselves. Very ignorant thing to say.
This is where the electoral college came from:
"while a popular vote would be ideal, it would be difficult to get consensus on the proposal given the prevalence of slavery in the South:
There was one difficulty however of a serious nature attending an immediate choice by the people. The right of suffrage was much more diffusive in the Northern than the Southern States; and the latter could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes. The substitution of electors obviated this difficulty and seemed on the whole to be liable to the fewest objections."
And I was being sarcastic when I said that about the electoral colleges, but I can see no good reason for them actually making the call. What is the purpose of electoral colleges? Why can't the people be trusted to decide who is to be their president? And your argument is that the US has had such a system before, therefore the US should continue to use it. That is not a very good argument.
57.5 percent. 1996 was the last time the US voter turnout was under half, at 49%. And that was the only election since any of us here have been alive that turnout was a "minority" (one percent under half = stretch to call a "minority"...) And maybe - just maybe we have a 10% lower turnout than most countries because a lot of Americans don't like either of the parties and know that the other parties don't have enough money to run the country. Some don't feel that there's any difference. Others find registering difficult (especially the poor) - hell, I found it difficult to register for my first vote in 2004. I voted in 2004 and 2008, but didn't vote this year. Does that make me apathetic? Nope. Not at all.
No, I didn't say that. I just said that's where it comes from. Your joke wasn't obvious, so I was explaining. It'd require an amendment to remove the electoral college, and that's not easy. There have been proposals to alter the process, but none have made it. Two-thirds majority in both houses, plus three-fourths majority of Americans is required to pass an amendment. It's not easy. But proposals will keep coming in and hopefully one of these days one will pass.And I was being sarcastic when I said that about the electoral colleges, but I can see no good reason for them actually making the call. What is the purpose of electoral colleges? Why can't the people be trusted to decide who is to be their president? And your argument is that the US has had such a system before, therefore the US should continue to use it. That is not a very good argument.
I wrote a four word letter.
I don't even live in the US, I'm no patriot, and I dislike the US more than most Americans (I get accused of hating America by a lot of people back home)... and yet I find Rage's blind America-hate to be beyond obnoxious.
Obamanamadingdong was under pressure to get as many military out of the middle east as he could. After all, he promised this and the election was looming. After he...and I use this term very looely, got rid of OBL, he figured dissaray. Nope. Too many factured cells over there still intact. He ignored requests for security at a god damn American embassy and then all of a sudden, on 9/11 no less, all shit breaks loose. Americans are killed. Obama knew when his poll number dropped by .000001% and yet did not have the forsight to protect an embassy after requests for security were given? Then he says it was spontaneous from a video. Nothing could have been done...but we'll investigate it...after the election. The story was buried by the press. The press spent 2 years grilling Romney about his friggin tax returns, yet spent 10 minutes on a murdered ambassador and 3 other americans on 911. Yeah, call me skeptical. The guy is a fucking liar. Period.