Leave it Alone Essay

1181 Words 5 Pages
At its inception, the Electoral system of voting for the president of the United States was the best solution for a rather complicated problem. The problem was in selecting the method to choose the person who would hold the highest office in the new land. When faced with the decision of what format to use to elect the president and vice president of the United States, the founders of the Constitution finally decided that the electoral voting system was the best way for every American’s voice to be heard. The system that gave each American the equality and opportunity the founding fathers sought was a democratic one.
Democracy is defined as:
1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority b : a government in which
…show more content…
Alexander Hamilton laid out the situation succinctly in The Federalist No. 68 when he wrote, “A small number of persons, selected by their fellow citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to so complicated an investigation.” Because in 1787 the majority of the United States citizens were uneducated and uninformed about political issues, the design of the Electoral College was the best way for the people to be heard through the voices of those who were educated and informed. Regardless of its population, each state was given two senators, and then according to the population of the state, a proportional number of representatives was also endowed. Now all citizens of the United States were on an even playing field. Every state, no matter how small, received an equal portion of representation in the election process; hence, the democratic government began its journey “of the people, by the people, for the people” (Lincoln). In order to abolish or reform the format of the Electoral College an amendment to the Constitution would be required. The United States Constitution was and is not only a governing document, but also the foundation of what makes America’s democracy successful. Changing the Constitution is not an easy task and rightfully so. Messing with the Constitution would be like changing the formula for Coca- Cola. It may seem like a good idea at the
Open Document