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Opponents of the Electoral College are swift to dismiss the institution as outdated and elitist, an anachronism that should be replaced by a direct popular vote. This book, written in straightforward language, examines the institution's role in selecting Presidents across the centuries and comes to a different conclusion: the Electoral College protects our republic and promotes our liberty
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Following the contested election of 2000, opponents of the Electoral College were swift to dismiss the institution as outdated and elitist, an anachronism that should be replaced by a direct popular vote. Many of the nationâ€™s most prominent liberal politicians â€" from Senator Hillary Clinton to House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt â€" called for the institution to be abolished in order to "respect the will of the people."
The critics are wrong, and this book shows why. Written in straightforward language, Enlightened Democracy traces the history of the Electoral College from the Constitutional Convention to the present, and along the way it explains why the Framers took such pride in their now-controversial creation. After reading this book the case is clear: The Electoral College doesnâ€™t ignore the will of the people, but it does protect our republic and promote our liberty.From the Inside Flap:
"[T]oday's electoral-vote system is not an 18th-century anachronism...The Constitution provides for the election of Presidents by states’ electoral votes, rather than individual popular votes, for an important reason: It enables citizens of a heterogeneous, free society to live peacefully alongside each other." - Pulitzer Prize winner George Will, from the Foreword
"The Electoral College...[is] a ridiculous setup, which thwarts the will of the majority, distorts presidential campaigning and has the potential to produce a true constitutional crisis." So proclaimed the August 29, 2004, edition of The New York Times in an editorial that called for the election of the President by a direct popular vote.
The New York Times is not alone. In the wake of George W. Bush’s victory in the 2000 race, the first electoral triumph for a popular vote loser in more than 100 years, a growing number of commentators, politicians, and academics have called for the abolition of America’s unique presidential election system.
In the face of this rising tide of criticism, American Enterprise columnist Tara Ross comes to the defense of this much-maligned institution. Using simple, straightforward language, Ross examines the Electoral College’s beginnings and shows why it remains an important part of America’s republican democracy.
In this thorough yet fast-moving survey, Ross explores:
· The reasons why the Founders created the Electoral College, showing that elitism was not one of them.
· JFK’s somber warning about changing institutions, like the Electoral College, established in the Constitution.
· How the electoral system benefited both Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
As she traces the Electoral College’s origins back to the Constitutional Convention and tracks its performance across the following two centuries, Ross demonstrates that the presidential selection process is not an outdated institution that stifles majority rule. Instead, it is an invaluable safeguard that promotes consensus and moderation, and strengthens Americans’ ability to govern their country in the process.
While much has changed since the Electoral College’s creation in 1787, it remains a vibrant and valuable institution. Alexander Hamilton once remarked that if the Electoral College "be not perfect, it is at least excellent." As Enlightened Democracy shows, Hamilton’s praise is just as true today as it was two hundred years ago.
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Book Description Colonial Pr L P, 2005. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 250 pages. 9.25x6.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0977072207
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