This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Let The American People Directly Elect Their President

1443 words - 6 pages

Yet the Founding Fathers did not fully believe “that all men are created equal”. They feared the rule of the majority because in the 18th century the majority of Americans under-education, with little awareness of issues of the day, and therefore little ability to understand appropriate solutions to those issues. The framers of the Constitution created a process that guaranteed the election of a suitable president in case the general voting public elected someone “undesirable”. A group of educated men from each state cast ballots based on the preference of the voters in their respective states, as long as the candidate preferred met with the approval of this group. This system was, and still is, the Electoral College.
Today, there is no need to have the Electoral College acting on behalf of the people. Great improvements in education levels among the general voting populace and a corresponding increased awareness of issues affecting the people and the country mean the people are capable of determining who the President of the United States should be. The removal of the Electoral College makes the voting public directly responsible for electing the President and returns the values of equality and participation to the electoral process.
This change requires an amendment to Constitutional Article II. Article II defines the requirements of the Electoral College and its purpose. With this change, greater emphasis lies in the very act of voting itself. When a presidential candidate can lose the popular election but still become President of the United States through the process of the Electoral College the preference of the people feels ignored and the people begin to believe that their votes have no value. People disengage from the political process and voter turnout diminishes, making elections even less representative.
One of America’s most important civil rights is the right of every citizen over the age of 17 to vote. This right is the basis of the representative form of government the framers of the Constitution envisioned, even though at the time the founding Fathers wrote the Constitution only males could vote and certain requirements of land ownership and religious affiliation needed to be met. However, over time women and African Americans gained the right to vote, but only after considerable struggle. The elimination of other eligibility requirements based on property or religion allowed more men to vote, also.
The removal of the Electoral College from the presidential election process restores the importance of the right to vote. With a feeling of increased importance on every person’s vote, more people will re-enter the political system and vote, thereby increasing the representation of each person’s interests in the issues facing the country.
Looking at the remaining areas of the American political system - the presidency, Congress, and the Judiciary –small changes could bring about important improvements or close loopholes...

Find Another Essay On Let The American People Directly Elect Their President

American Presidents Should Always Empathize With Their People

1162 words - 5 pages American culture is an important element in the decision-making process of any United States President. They know that their decisions will never be fully supported, as there will always be those that oppose them, so Presidents should think from the perspective of the American people to secure the most support possible. This strategy was especially evident during the Cold War, when presidents were dealing with many issues like the Vietnam War to

President Jimmy Carter: A Man of the People

853 words - 4 pages “I'll never tell a lie. I'll never make a misleading statement. I'll never betray the confidence that any of you had in me. And I'll never avoid a controversial issue.” President Jimmy Carter said this when addressing the people. He assured them of his trustworthiness and kept to this for the whole of his presidency. Throughout his period in office, President Carter made many choices to focus on domestic affairs and handle multiple goals at a

Prohibition and the American People

1231 words - 5 pages Prohibition and the American People Abraham Lincoln, arguably the greatest president in American history, is believed to have said, “Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very

The Jewish People: their hertitage and faith

2617 words - 10 pages God's holy teachings known to all people. This can be shown by the way they live their lives. (Like Frances, who wanted everyone to know her religion.) Jews do not believe in the divinity of Christ. They believe there will be a Messiah in the future, who will unite all people under God's command, bringing everlasting peace. The Jewish Messiah will be God's messenger of peace, but he will be a human being, unlike Jesus, who in Christian teachings

The possession of people and their downfall

1122 words - 5 pages Bear Grylls says that “a man's pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance”. People possess flaws that are not always obvious and similarly do animals. For instance, the Dodo species is a heavy and slow running bird that becomes extinct because of its flaw of not being a fast runner, thus emphasizing the fact that survival of a species depends on its abilities. Similarly, character flaws

The Life and Achievements of American President, Calvin Coolidge

1370 words - 5 pages the American people. Coolidge made an energetic and effective effort to settle labor disputes by encouraging reasonable pay increases, and to grant additional home rule. His greatest accomplishment though came from settling the Police Labor Strike in 1919. So when 19 local police unions were suspended they decided to strike, there walkout brought disorder to Boston. Coolidge did not step up into the strike until peace had been largely been

Biography of George Washington the First American President

854 words - 4 pages in 1791. The Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of the American people. In Washington's cabinet were Thomas Jefferson (Secretary of State), Alexander Hamilton (Secretary of Treasury), Henry Knox (Secretary of War), and Edmund Randolph (Attorney General) (Wikipedia). After retiring from the presidency in March 1797, Washington returned to Mount Vernon with a profound sense of relief. He devoted much time to his plantations and other business

Privacy: The Government vs the American People

2301 words - 9 pages The term “privacy” as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary is “a state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people”. The word not is the key message in that definition. As written by the 4th amendment, every U.S. citizen has the right to his or her own possessions and lifestyles unless there is enough probable cause for this right to be broken. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and

Divorce: A Blight on the American People

1734 words - 7 pages in hand with the indulgent belief discussed earlier, most parents think that once their child adjusts to the divorce everything will be fine and happy. That is not the case, at all. As John Guidubaldi, former president of the National Association of School Psychologists has said:For years experts said, "Once the initial trauma wears off, kids make adjustments. [While it is true kids make adjustments] so do people in prisons and mental

Consumerism: And the effect on American People

578 words - 2 pages to mention, the importation of cheap goods, and the disappearance of manufacturing jobs! These new ways of life have transformed the American culture, into one of "Consumerism!"Consumerism is the chronic purchasing of services and new materials with little attention to their true need. In most every other country people use what is needed when it's needed and that's all! We waste a lot of things in America a lot of time, money, and energy all are

The Study of the Ways People Explain Their own Behavior

2004 words - 9 pages Causal attribution is the study of the ways people explain their own and other people's behaviour. Many research studies have shown there is a cultural divide between western and non-western countries (Earley, 1993). Non-western countries are described as ‘collectivist’ proposing that people within this culture define themselves as a member of a collective group. The person has their own role within the group with little freedom or personal

Similar Essays

The President Elect Essay

2068 words - 9 pages answer. Power. President-elect Buckaroo obviously fears human progress, and upon his death, all the power he took will return to the people. All humans desire both forms of power; natural and instrumental. Natural power refers to the capacity of the human body to do the things we exert with our physical body such as wit, arts and strength, and the instrumental power is the power to given to us by society such as reputation, riches and friends

Power Of The American President Essay

857 words - 3 pages Power of the American President The Founding fathers of America believed in a separation of powers, a system of checks and balances and a federal system of government. That way power would be diffused and decentralised and tyranny would be avoided. Implicit in the constitution is the principle of checks and balances. This refers to the belief that the founding fathers had that no one branch of the constitutional and

American Identity Talking About The Ways American People Can Find Their Own National Identity English Essay

466 words - 2 pages American Identity Americans once had a unifying national Exodus story that they celebrated each Thanksgiving, no matter which nationality they were. This story was foundational to their national identity. Despite waves of immigration and the civil rights movement, the original identities and cultures of new immigrants were ultimately assimilated into their new national identity as American citizens. However, American people don’t have a common

The Lives Of African American People And Their Attributions To The Black Community

2853 words - 12 pages Lawrence, and Mary Lucinda Dawson opportunistic actions conveys their demonstration to improve not only themselves but also their ancestors too. Throughout their marvelous journeys, they intend to garnish economic, political, and social conditions with dignity and devotion while witnessing the rise of African Americans. The objective of this research paper is to demonstrate the lives of a selected group of African American people and their