Enough meta-blogging! On with the content!
Our local local paper gets lots of interesting letters. Look at the third one here, about the election.
I was surprised to hear that a state in the midwest (I think it was Iowa) did not have a winner-takes-all approach. It apportions the electors based on the popular vote percentages. Two electors were given to McCain and three to Obama.
So you could take the time to complain, but you couldn’t be bothered to see what state it was? (There are actually two states, Maine and Nebraska, that don’t have winner-take-all electoral voting.)
It seems that the individual states pass rules or laws on how electors may cast their votes.
It seems that way? It seems? Pick up a copy of the Constitution! “Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress” Just look it up.
In history, the framers of the Constitution set up the electoral college as a way to prevent an incompetent person from becoming president even though he my have fooled the general public.
No. Just… no. Where on earth do you get this idea from?
This man could be bothered to write 300 words to the editor, but couldn’t be bothered to see if he’s the first person with this idea. Sigh. Go check out the National Popular Vote website.
I have also noticed that the Democrats are starting to market themselves as progressives instead of liberals. This shows they now recognize that they cannot sell their old position and need to go a different way. Maybe the Republicans should do so also.
A stupid ending to a stupid letter from a stupid man. Douglas van Veelen, ignorant letter writer of the month.