It’s time in this series to move on to Article 2 – which covers the Executive Branch. That means that in the next few posts for this series we’re going to discuss the president and what his role is supposed to be in this country.
This week, we’re going to get started off with a bang by talking about the process we have for electing a president – otherwise known as the electoral college.
Since I have already written about the Electoral College twice before (here and here), I thought it would be good to get another perspective on the topic. So I sat down with Tara Ross to see what she could add to the discussion.
Over the last few decades, the Electoral College has become somewhat unpopular. During our talk, Tara
perfectly summed up why it’s losing support in our world that is increasingly driven by soundbites:
“The Electoral College isn’t a bumper sticker. You have to sit down and think about it for a few minutes to see why it’s so important.”
And she’s right. The Electoral College doesn’t jump right out at you as a brilliant and effective method for choosing our presidents. You have to stop and think about all the challenges we face in a huge country like ours before you start to appreciate what an incredible system it is.
(As a side note, I highly recommend Tara’s book about the Electoral College called “Enlightened Democracy.” It’s very thorough, but it’s still an easy read for regular people like you and me.) Read More