Picking the lesser of four evils

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In his Feb. 13 letter to the editor, Timothy M. Bledsoe bemoaned relatively low voter turnout in recent primaries, blaming it on the system and likening the nominating process to "frat parties."ÂI partially agree with Bledsoe; but perhaps he should consider the truism that democracy is messy while tyranny is efficient.

He might also consider the fact that many Americans feel that of the four standing presidential candidates, we have two obviously mean-spirited people, one idealist without enough experience and finally one guitarist preacher whose actions are "all about him" not the people.

Picking the least of evils is not a strong incentive to vote.

Bledsoe's call to abolish the "outdated Electoral College" indicates that he was not really paying attention in his "high school civics class." The "absolute democracy" resulting from the abolishment of the Electoral College would deny a voice in the presidential elections to the states with small populations.

The presidential elections would be decided by a handful of cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, et al. Our founding fathers wisely protected the rights of all member states of the new Union by ensuring a voice for all states, large and small, in the presidential selection process.

Gene Rickaby, Martinez

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/14/08 - 06:57 am
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Calling Hillary "two

Calling Hillary "two obviously mean-spirited candidates", while true, seems a little mean spirited. "Vicious" would have been more appropriate, IMO.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 02/14/08 - 07:48 am
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I voted for Huckabee.

I voted for Huckabee.

Mrs Genevive Bait
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Mrs Genevive Bait 02/14/08 - 10:26 am
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Hooray for Huckabee. He's

Hooray for Huckabee. He's from the middle ages and he's hinted he'd restore drawing and quartering. That's just what we need. People hung until they're almost dead, then cut open while still alive, their guts pulled out and finally they are torn into 4 pieces. He doesn't believe in evolution, and he doesn't believe the earth circles the sun. Well, to be precise, he's suggested in one debate that he believes the universe rotates around the Earth. He would make a fine American president.

getalife
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getalife 02/14/08 - 10:29 am
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I saw on TV last night that

I saw on TV last night that Barack Hussien Obama if elected, is proposing spending 10 billion dollars on a program to help those home owners that bought more home than they could afford. I personally don't think the taxpayers should have to support and take care of those people that went for the sub-prime, interest only and variable rate mortgages. We already have too many people we are supporting on the welfare system, food stamp system and section 8 housing. Soon there will not be enough taxpayers to support all of these give-away programs!

Mrs Genevive Bait
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Mrs Genevive Bait 02/14/08 - 10:38 am
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As for the electoral college

As for the electoral college all you need is for the top 11 states to vote for one candidate and all the other 39 states are totally ignored. Don't believe me? Do the addition. California, Texas, NY, Florida, PA, Ohio, Ill, Michigan, NJ, NC and GA add up to 271. If each of those states was decided by a narrow margin and the vote in the other 39 states swung heavily to the other candidate you could have something like 70% of the people voting for the loser. They are the disenfranchised voters.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 02/14/08 - 10:51 am
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The number of electoral votes

The number of electoral votes of each state is the sum of its number of U.S. Senators (always two) and its U.S. Representatives;Each state receives representation in the House proportional to its population but is entitled to at least one Representative. So the electoral college is still proportional to the population because of representatives. Hence California has the most representatives and the most electoral votes-55. Texas has 34 and Florida 27. The constitution does not state electors have to vote as pledged but many states have laws to that effect. These electors are selected during primaries and caucuses. The new addition not in the Constitution is the superdelegates and unpledged delegates that are ex-govenors and party officials that the party picks with no rules of commitment. The Electoral College was designed because of State vs Federal issues not population issues-each state needs a shot. A persons vote would count in Alaska just as well as California if we counted votes, but the point is one lives in the State of Alaska and the other the State of California. It is about States representation. The person most popular by vote can lose by state apportioned electoral votes. In each state, voters vote for a slate of pre-selected candidates for Presidential Elector, representing the various candidates for President. State ballots, however, are designed to suggest that the voters are voting for actual candidates for President. So it is not each vote counts but each state counts. If you want your vote to carry more weight move to California or Florida. It is just careful manipulation so you believe that we have a democratic Republic.

cloyd1961
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cloyd1961 02/14/08 - 02:21 pm
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The direct election system is

The direct election system is subject to types of fraud that are impossible under the Electoral College system. With direct elections, there would be an incentive for Nebraska to produce more Republican votes or Massachusetts more Democratic ones. Majority fraud would be hard to combat, because the majority party would also be responsible for counting the votes. The Electoral College system concedes some states to the party in power, but it eliminates any reason to run up the vote. Any fraud in the present system must be in swing states, where the parties can keep each other in check. Under a direct election system, a close election nationwide could realistically depend upon recounts anywhere and maybe everywhere. In a direct election, any of the 160,000 polling places in the U.S. could affect the outcome.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 02/14/08 - 02:44 pm
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Cloyd there has already been

Cloyd there has already been blatant fraud in the elections so that is not a valid argument. Regardless of election system people will try to rig things, and be succesful at it to some degree also.

NotyourDadsBuick
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NotyourDadsBuick 02/14/08 - 04:17 pm
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The real question is what is

The real question is what is wrong with fraternity parties? They were always fun -- lots of cold beer and beautiful co-eds. Ah, college. I do miss it.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 02/14/08 - 04:35 pm
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NotyourDadsBuick me too. I

NotyourDadsBuick me too. I chose the extended college path because it was so much fun. Learnin, Lovin, Livin, ahhh the good life. Work a while, go to school a while, go on an adventure, go on a drunk, etc. Then I got married. End of Story. No more learnin, lovin, livin, adventure, or drunk. Naaah. Just Kiddin. Happy Valentines Day dear. The real adventure began when I got married. She tamed the savage beast in me. I'm potty trained and everthin. No more urinatin off the deck to mark my territory. She can take me out in public too. I got manners and eti-kit.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 02/14/08 - 04:45 pm
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Cloyd is right that the

Cloyd is right that the electoral system is probably the best. It makes it hinge on all the elections as we choose senators and congressmen we are also influencing electoral votes within the state. That is why it is so important to vote every election. All our votes in government will influence the final outcome. It brings the whole govt to bare as it is not the outcome of a single election but all the elections that will tally in who becomes President. It dilutes the effects of fraud, but can't stop it.

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