When you think of the President of the United States, you think that he/she is the second most powerful person in this world right after God. We put all of our trust into one person to run our beloved state, California. Now think about this, have we as the people, given all of this power to this one person, but do we really know how the President and Vice President are actually chosen in the first place? The people of each state are the ones who decide who gets to be chosen, but then who decides who the winner of the race is? Let that sink in.
History of Electoral College in US
There is something called the Electoral College, who represent the United States. They are the other big dogs in charge in running the country even after all of the votes are tallied up and finalized for the running of President and Vice President. This may not make sense now, but by the end of this you will know more about the Electoral College than most. This process is said to be not fair because the people who live in the United States are not the ones who get to choose how our government should be ran, and the laws that should be accounted for to make our state a safe and prospering one.
The people to who we refer to as “great” and trust in are made up of the electoral college. The original founders of the electoral college may have thought that their doings in taking part of such a powerful role would have taken a different turn for the better, but instead that wasn’t the case. Thus, this has turned into an issue that our government may want to relook since this has become a very unfair process which we now abide by. If you go back and look in our history’s writings, you will see that is states “All Presidential electors are chosen by the voters, but, in the early republic, more than half of the states choose electors in their legislatures, thus eliminating any direct involvement by the voting public in the election.” After the nineteenth century, things started to change whether we knew it was happening or not, it still happened. As voters of this great country, we have the right to know what is happening and who we are voting for. The same amount of research and effort that our runners for President and Vice President put in to take down their opponent, we have to put in the same amount of energy into picking those who will run our country. We can’t just act on what we hear or read from biased sources. We have the power to make a change in this world and decide who we trust in to run it as well.
The right to vote was extended to the entire population to those who were eligible to vote and met the criteria. As the electoral continued to expand, so did the number of people who were able to vote for the presidential electors. To be an eligible voter in California, you must be a citizen of the United States and who is 18 or older. Over time, voting has become more of a robotic act than anything. Nowadays, people tend to ask less questions and just “go with the flow.” By doing this, the electoral is now changing due to the amount of participation in voting and the way it is going about now. The intention was to let people decide for themselves who they think would be the right fit to run their country the right way. Now there are others involved to which we do not know to the full extent. In the articles one, two, and three, the Confederation Democracy of House of Representatives can have up to 435 members that can claim their positions up to two years. The Oligarchy senate can have up to 100 members for up to six years which is stated in the 17h amendment with no senator or president. In an autocracy, the President is picked by a number of electors, the state legislatures pick the electors with one member for four years, and the people pick the state govs which would equal a good government therefore meaning a responsive and responsible balance. Article one, section two, is a clause which states the electoral are democratically chosen for the people. As a state of California, we can have two senators like every other state. There are 53 House of Representatives based on population which means 55 members of Congress, therefore breaks down to 55 electors in the Electoral College. What does this actually mean? To me, it is just a bunch of confusion and numbers, but knowing all of these facts determine the way we pick who and how we want our country to be ran whether we realize it or not. I feel as if, nowadays we are not well informed in who we put our trust in. There is so much information that is not said and “hidden.” We can’t be robots and just vote whoever we hear is the the most fit. However, this doesn’t make it right by not giving the people the right to vote who runs their country the way people wanted it to be ran, instead the person chosen as president gets to choose how they want to run it and no one can stop them if they are truly in the wrong. This was originally intended to let people decide for themselves who they think that right fit for their country wouldbe and if the person who was chosen in the running was correct or not.
The Electoral College Today
The Electoral College originally was envisioned differently, to what it is now today. Those in the past made this a place of safety measurements of no foul play while choosing the President and Vice President. The Washington post exclaims “A state’s electoral votes are equal to the number of representatives and senators the state has in Congress. The house seat appointments are based on population and are reapportioned every decade after the census. Every state is guaranteed at least one seat in the House and two in the Senate.” This means an electoral vote weighs more heavily than votes from the people. The people in the Electoral College are reelected and the votes can be in favor of either party. Personally, I think that people should be in charge of who they choose because the votes can be considered to what makes them prosper or be the outcome of a downfall. Today, a small group of people deicide for the whole country who is fit to run our country and which laws should be placed, when instead it should be us people as a whole. As the people of the United States we should take over and make a change.
The Wave of Democratization is when people decide to stand up and make a stabilized and functioning government. The decisions are intended to make a peace treaty any way that can be offered after fighting in major wars that devastated the country but has found a way to make a comeback and continue on even after all of the awful tragedies that had previously taken place. The Foreign Policy demonstrates “The first wave was in the early 1800s, the second took immediately after the Second World War, and the third wave started in Southern Europe in 1974 and ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. All waves of democratization are followed by counter waves, which happened in the mid-to- late nineties, with authorization regimes of emerging in a lot of the post Soviet state.” These are living examples of people who were chosen to run the country and have gotten in trouble from the beginning. They had the will to make a comeback from the long and endless wars but with this, there comes a price. The choices that were made have a huge consequence on not only those at the time, but now on the people today. The regrets of what they have done and the people’s lives, has affected people in ways that they can’t repay. Such as those who choose to fight this war can’t even win which will make the people have a different heart and state of mind when they choose the next candidates for the next time.
The change in the electors after the wave of democratization is why the Electoral College is the way it is today. We as the people are suppose to have a say in who becomes the President but it has changed over the years to this small selected group of people, whose votes outweigh our votes.
History house shows the idea to which the electoral process is and how it has changed. “The winning slate of electors meet in the state capital and cast two ballots– one for Vice President and one for the President.” It states that the Electors can’t vote for a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate who both hail from an elector’s home state. The wave of democratization is what shaped the electoral college today. It is making it more difficult for someone to become President and to make it so that both sides are at odds with each other. When the house and senate are elected, they can easily be persuaded to one side without giving the other side the time of day. Without this, these events could turn into a biased way of running presidency, but this avoids that.
The Framers’ equation for building a responsible government has been changed because people who become our President have had different ideas. These ideas of change are different than those who first founded the United States vs. those who are President now today. The plan that was originally envisioned has become totally changed based on the past Presidentials candidates. A new plan needs to be placed to make up for the past. From past to present, the stable government to which the people who could run it efficiently has changed as well. They need to be able to make peace treaties and continue to keep our country prospering in the right direction, instead of taking two steps back toward the wrong direction by taking the easy way out. The Electoral College is just a small group of individuals who have a say in who becomes President. They are only voting for the person they want to gain favor toward heir laws that they want to pass and what they don’t want to pass. We as the people who live in the country should get to decide who wwe wanting running our country because we are the ones living in it and have to abide by their way of living as well. We can’t put someone in charge who is going to make a disaster of things and then leave in four to eight years for the next person to clean up and try to fix. That is what is happening every time a new President is chosen. We are told over and over that they will promise to do this and that, but before they can do so, they have to clean up the previous messes to even do so. Our founding fathers did not envision this for us. We are corrupting our own world with bad leaders, debt that we will not reply for decades, and wars that we will be fighting for years. A change is needed to be made.
As I have previously mentioned, the Electoral College is unfair to a certain degree. The small amount of selected individuals make the decisions that we as a people should come together to make a whole. We are putting power into those who may not even have the same intentions as we do. Not only do the electors and passed/ future Presidents/ Vice Presidents have to live with the regrets of their actions but we as the people do as well. The actions are based on if it really was the right decision at the end of the day because they can’t go back on their decision. Once a President is chosen, no one can get in their way and change their future decision making. The future goal is to minimize the damage that was made in the past, and to continue to move forward in the right direction. We have to fix what was broken, but the only right way to do so would be from making a change. We can’t keep making these little changes and hoping for a huge outcome. Not only the President, but we as the people can find a way to reform our way of thinking and find a way to move on from the past. Our previous mistakes have turned into lessons and we have the right to choose a different path of what was originally envisioned for our future based on our actions.