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The Evolution and Destruction of the Original Electoral College Paperback – April 28, 2011

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Freedom Coaches, Gary and Carolyn Alder are dedicated to teaching the principles of freedom, as established by the structure of the United States Constitution. This passion takes form in producing and delivering classes, lectures and written articles about freedom in the religious, economic and political realms of our lives. Gary is a retired computer programmer/analyst and so has a natural and professional interest in organizing component parts to match a predetermined plan or system. Carolyn is interested in sharing the specific words of the Founders of this great nation. Their words provide a window to look into their hearts and minds. The Alders celebrate their 40th Anniversary in April 2011. This book is their gift to this generation of intelligent, freedom loving, truth seeking patriots, and their own liberty loving posterity. They are honored to be the parents of 8 outstanding children and 14 grandchildren. They have raised their family in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460979419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460979419
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,156,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Ray Montgomery on June 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is one of those booklets that didn't want to set down. Even after I had read it several times. A real gem.

I majored in political science in College, with an emphasis on American political thought and the U.S. Constitution, and taught the Constitution to high school students. Furthermore I studied the Constitution and constitutional principles for over thirty five years. So I thought I knew all about how the Original Electoral College operated.
Boy was I wrong.

I thought the electoral college was primarily a candidate selection process. But Gary and Carolyn Alder explain in this short booklet how the electoral college was a three step process involving nomination, candidate selection and a final vote. This process of nomination, candidate selection, and final vote is explored in detail.

Finally, the authors discuss the history of how the electoral college was undermined. And how our modern political parties and our current flawed Presidential election process came into being.

I can't recommend this booklet highly enough. Simply marvelous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on May 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
This booklet follows the pattern of many such booklets of America's founding era as both enlightening and motivating. Although the evolution of the Electoral College is very little spoken of today, the consequences of that evolution are the primary reason why we endure so much political intrigue and corruption in elections today.

This booklet makes a compelling argument for a restoration of the principles that guided the Founders in their creation of the original Electoral College.

It was also a very refreshing read. I obtained an undergraduate degree in political science as well as a law degree and the Electoral College never came up. So, unfortunately, almost all of the concepts were new. As such, I believe the booklet should be a REQUIRED READING for all students graduating from college, and especially from law school.

Marcus Smith, J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill
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By Michael Trapp on April 29, 2012
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Finally an enterprising husband and wife team have done a diligent work in researching the original electoral college and explaining it so that it appeals to reason. I give the content high marks for depth of research, and clarity of exposition. It is a great service to the nation to exonerate the Founders' methods of finding high quality candidates for public office.

Upon reflection I can see that our current election woes can be ascribed at least partly to the factious two party system in which popularity takes precedence over suitability. This short book shows the fatal flaws in our current election cycles and why our original system sought to avoid them.

Thought provoking.
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