scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: I'm punting here.
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Wed Aug 23 1972 - 13:33:21 CDT
On Wed, 23 Aug 2000, Janyce Wright wrote:
> That brings me to the setup for my question. Bill Nelson wrote:
> This reminds me of something my father told me about 20 years
> ago. He had spent years studying the Watergate scandal. He
Ye gads, I'm glad i missed that the first time through. Talk about
feeling OLD! ;(
> If the Scouts don't know the process, I'd better find a way
> to understand it. I don't get the electoral college. Who
> are they? How does that work? Why is it so underground?
I've never thought it was *underground* ... just obscure. (g)
OK, short version:
in a true democracy, every eligible person would vote on every issue.
Does Shriver AFB *need* another B-41 (or whatever today's is)? Y/N
Does Miami get another $1million to clean up after a hurricane? Y/N
Does the federal office building in Casper WYO need the walls painted? Y/N
What the US runs is a Representative Democracy -- each of us votes to
elect someone else to vote on those issues for us. The process is a
pyramid, with most of us at the base, and the Congress at the top.
The Presidential elections are PARTY elections -- starting down at the
precinct level (your voting place), each group selects representatives to
send up to the next level; that level selects representatives to send on
upward, until you have a set of people who attend the National Conventions.
(Notice your primary ballot in many places -- it'll have a name you never
heard of followed by (Gore) or (Perot) or (Bush) or (undecided). You're
actually voting here for whose representatives move up to the 2nd level.)
At the final level, the Electors vote their state's votes for the
candidate whose representatives won their state.
Since the Election Reforms of the 70s, which took some of the fun out of
campaigns, I don't know who now picks the actual warm bodies on the
Electoral College though. Does anyone else? Are they just the filtered
precinct reps, are they appointed by the party or by the Governor?
At all events, the election isn't over until the Electoral College
certifies it, although these days that's even more a rubber stamp than
paperwork out of Irving. (g)
Did I talk too long?
(YES! I know most of the decisions I mentioned earlier are made by a
faceless bureaucrat somewhere, but in a true democracy they shouldn't be.
If you're spending public money, the public gets to say if and how. But
it's kinda like DC as "the Last Colony" -- even under Home Rule, if the
average Joe out in Middle America had any clue how much time his Rep.
spent dealing with municipal DC matters, they'd have a stroke. (g) )