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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The American Political System is Far From Perfect

I'll give you two terms to think about as proof:
  • gerrymandering
  • electoral college
Actually they are related, even though the "electoral college" is based on fixed voting district borders, the states of the United States.  Gerrymandering is the drawing of voting districts to distort the will of the people, my definition.  According to the Free online dictionary, gerrymandering:

ger·ry·man·der (jr-mndr, gr-)
tr.v. ger·ry·man·dered, ger·ry·man·der·ing, ger·ry·man·ders
To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

That should make it easy to understand.  And that's why I'm against changing the Israeli Electoral system to districts!!!

American Congress and state legislatures are subject to gerrymandering.  But the really big playing field for gerrymandering is the one that can't be controlled but it can be stopped.  It's called the Electoral College.
The Electoral College is an example of an indirect election, consisting of 538 electors who officially elect the President and Vice President of the United States. The number of electors is equal to the total voting membership of the United States Congress, 435 Representatives and 100 Senators, plus three electors from the District of Columbia.[1] Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution specifies the number of electors to which each state is entitled and state legislatures decide how they are chosen.

Because of the Electoral College, it is very easy for the candidate who received fewer votes to actually sin the Presidential Elections.  It distorts the will of the people.

Today in the United States, polls show that Romney is ahead in the popular vote
Oct 2-8, 2012ObamaRomney
Registered Voters
Likely Voters
That does not guarantee his victory, especially if the Republican Party and leaders don't do their job to fully and enthusiastically support him, as Ruthie Blum recently wrote.

And when you start playing around with the Electoral College, the predicted results are far from certain.

We'll all be smarter in another month, but wouldn't it make more sense for the Americans to make a major change in their Constitution and finally get rid of that Electoral College?


Edward F. Villa said...

Well Batya,

With the the American society being so apathetic and not caring enough to change the leadership at helm, should we expect america do this you suggest which would be a step in the right direction ?

Obama should have been impeached along long time ago if there were Godly leadership in America.

Yet ... As we can see dear Batya ....
America is going down a very ominous and dangerous path especially with the current American administration's love-affair with the muslum terrorist brotherhood .

America ... If you ask me Batya ?

Is lost .

Sounds more and more like pre world war 2 germany here if you ask me.

Take a look at this link:

Looks like they are really wanting to clamp down on this most basic freedom.

America is really heading to be not anymore the land of the free ... but the home of the enslaved.

What do you think Batya ?

Batya said...

I'm glad to be in Israel, Edward, warts and all.