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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.
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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 (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This book has been tremendously helpful to me in understanding how the original presidential election process in the U.S. Constitution was designed and the reasons for each of the important elements in its design (something that "We the People" and our representatives should seek to understand before we support ignoring, eliminating, or changing things in our Constitution).

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
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Ever wondered why we even have the Electoral College? After all, how does it make any sense to have a popular vote overturned by electorates and what was going through the minds of the Framers when they came up with such a process?

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!!
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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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