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Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College [Kindle Edition]

Tara Ross , George Will
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The Electoral College is under siege, denounced as elitist and outdated by the nation’s top liberals. In simple, straightforward language, this book reveals the reasons that these liberals are wrong. After reading this book the case is clear: The Electoral College doesn’t ignore the will of the people, but it does protect our republic and promote our liberty.


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4.0 out of 5 stars best arguments for a bad position February 22, 2014
By Mike C.
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For the position that the book takes I think it is very good. it's just that the evidence is so strong against this position. Here's a short article on the disproportionate results from the 2008/2012 elections and how Wyoming gets over 3x the voting power of California see posted link in comment below.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all political scholars April 10, 2012
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GREAT study of why the Electoral College is such an important part of the Constitution. I would recommend any student of the Constitution read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 21, 2014
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excellent book for gaining understanding about this marvellous invention
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2.0 out of 5 stars Horribly disappointed January 7, 2013
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I am a supporter of the Electoral College, and I kept waiting for the authors to make an argument. But they give a slight historical overview with a couple of practical examples. But no argument. Disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Weak Argument October 18, 2012
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Every four years, the United States holds a Presidential election. The system by which that actually takes place, the Electoral College, is a unique institution in American government. The Electoral College was created by the Founding Fathers to essentially prevent too much democracy. The Founders feared that a direct election would cause the majority to abuse the rights of the minority. They also did not like the idea of giving Congress the power to elect the President, fearing an upset in the checks and balances the Constitution sets up.

In Enlightened Democracy, author Tara Ross makes the case for keeping the Electoral College. Why does the case need to be made in the first place? Polling information has showed that for decades, Americans, whether Republican, Democrat, or independent, would favor the abolishment of the Electoral College in favor of some form of a direct election.

I felt the book does make some good points. One particular good point is that the Electoral College forces Presidential candidates to seek wide support across the country instead of just seeking votes in densely populated metropolitan areas. This means the interests of large, sparsely populated states will not be forgotten.

One weak point, however, is the argument argument that the Electoral College helps bolster America's current two-party system. Ross argues that the current strong two-party system forces political stability and moderation in politics, but without the Electoral College this system would fall apart leading to extremism and radicalism. Then why does such a situation not occur in individual states where all governors are elected by a direct popular vote?

Ross often reiterates the same points throughout the book. She talks about federalism and coalition-building.
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