Trust me, a lot of people have a problem with this. It's heavily discussed and debated in the US among intelligent Americans. It just doesn't get picked up by the media. One would think the Bush vs. Gore election would've been a huge eye-opener for EVERYONE to care and drastic steps would've begun, but no.I am glad we agree upon this. I hope for the sake of the US that this will be changed as soon as possible. I can't understand why this doesn't create a debate every 4th year when the presidential election is around. I would be very frustrated if my vote was only advising my state's Electoral College.
The thing is, you word things so that you're not just strictly talking about the US - you are often comparing it to Europe or at least Norway. There was no need to say, "It's not like the people are smart enough to decide who should be their own president. Well, at least the minority of the US citizens who actually vote. The majority can't be arsed."Oh boy, here we go again. For the numbers, read above. For the supposedly "blind hate of America", I don't see where you get that from in this thread. The thing is about this BBS is that all we talk about in regards of politics is the USA. I comment therefore to the various issues in the political realm of the US. The voting system which happens to be the one the US uses is in my opinion flawed and not very democratic. The UK has the same issue with their voting system, and I would be the first one to criticise their system if it were brought up in a thread here. The problem is, it never is. How often do we discuss British elections, or British politics in general? Almost never.
So in short, I don't "blindly hate America". I criticise the First Past the Post voting system which the US happens to use. Start talk about other countries and their (in my opinion) flawed voting systems, and I will surely criticise them too. Start talk about aspects of the US which I agree upon, and I will argue that they are good things.
That alone is a very anti-American way of stating your thoughts. You should read, "Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Hates America" - it's written by an American girl who's married to a Dane and lives in Denmark. Lots of Europeans carry this anti-American sentiment and don't even realize it. The fact is, while you may not feel like you hate America, your words say otherwise.