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The Evolution and Destruction of the Original Electoral College Paperback – April 28, 2011
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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.
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
One of my personal goals is to increase Constitutional literacy in our nation as I believe general ignorance of our Constitution and the reason for its original design and intent is one of the biggest reasons that we, as a country, are facing some of the dire problems that we are facing today. If you love our country and its constitution and are interested in being among those who will save them from the brink of ruin then I highly recommend this book to your reading!
Also, if you are interested in a fun and engaging way to learn and teach the Constitution to your family and friends here is a board game called The Constitution Quest that I sell as part of my effort to increase Constitutional literacy. I hope you will find it as helpful as I have in achieving that end.
Constitution Quest Game
There's one place we can turn to for a concise, clear, and easy to follow reason behind the Electoral College. Once we get this history behind us we can be more competent and confident on whether or not we support abandoning it all together in favor of a pure popular vote. For me, I'll press for the opposite...time to really give the original Electoral College another try...party government and popular vote are not working too well.
If you have not read this book you'd really benefit from doing so. If you have read this book re-read it and get others to do the same! Thank you Gary & Carolyn Alder - you've given us quite a gem!!
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.