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Posted on June 5 at 8:19 a.m.

Allocating electoral votes in each state according to the popular vote is just a way to eliminate the Electoral College through the back door. It's a distinction that makes no difference.

There's more to "federalism" than just the enumeration of powers. The United "States" is precisely - that.

The assumption that states that are no non-competitive today, will remain so in perpetuity is erroneous, since there has been great fluidity in the electoral map and always will be. For example, New York and Connecticut continue to loose electoral votes and other states like Texas, North Carolina and Nevada continue to gain them.

The indirect election of the President through the mechanism of the Electoral College has served the United States well the last 222 years and will do so in the future.

To amend the constitution is, by design, not an easy task, and in this instance, one that has never succeeded, nor most likely ever will.

E pluribus, Unum!

On Elect President by Popular Vote

Posted on June 4 at 10:46 a.m.

Proposals to abolish the Electoral College and to replace it with the direct election of the President have been introduced more than 700 times since ratification in 1789.

If the United States was conceived as a direct democracy, like ancient Athens, then such proposals would make sense. Rather, the United States was conceived as a constitutional republic, like that of ancient Rome, as any reading of “The Federalist Papers” makes clear. The Founders took great pains to prevent the larger states at the time, Virginia, New York and Massachusetts from being able to decide the election of the President from a small geographical base to the exclusion of citizens and interests from other areas. This is expressed in the principals of Federalism enshrined in our Constitution. The principal of Federalism is also evident in the fact that each state, be it little Rhode Island or colossal California has the same number of senators in Congress.

Why have so many proposals to abolish the Electoral College failed? The citizens of the smaller states have never agreed to ratify such a scheme because it would effectively deny them any meaningful role in Presidential elections. States along the I-95 and I-5 corridors would decide the election and this would undermine the goal of balancing local and national interests in a federal republic.

On Elect President by Popular Vote

Posted on January 10 at 6:39 p.m.

Interesting that Barney spends more and more time away from the "People's Republic of Santa Barbara".

On Hitting the Desert Trail

Posted on September 15 at 10:32 p.m.

Ah, the usual raving idiocies from some of the citizens of the PRSB (Peoples' Republic of Santa Barbara). Why is it that whenever the Universal Church is mentioned in a story in this publication, the rabid lunatics emerge from their fetid caves? I guess they take their cue from the "Angry Poodle" school of journalism - repeat a really big lie often enough until it becomes the truth.

On Roman Catholic Rebels

Posted on July 16 at 9:55 p.m.

I attended U of C from 1980 -1982 as a graduate student in Medieval History. This is a school of intense seriousness and intellectual rigor.

Universities should be places where ideas are exchanged and tested. Obama seems to have missed this somehow.

On In the Classroom with Barack Obama and Elena Kagan

Posted on July 16 at 9:37 p.m.

Yes,we need this behemoth vehicle to protect Buffy and her mom on the way to dressage lessons at Rancho Asoleado. You never know when the Jihadis might strike in the PRSB (People's Republic of Santa Barbara).

On Unleash the Beast

Posted on May 4 at 9:41 p.m.

All Hail the Peoples' Republic of Santa Barbara!

On Last Botanic Garden poll ever, so:

Posted on May 4 at 9:34 p.m.

What would Ralph Raddue, do? Martha, are you still there?

On Texas Billionaire Buys 91 Percent of S.B. Bank

Posted on January 8 at 8:06 p.m.

Requiescas in pace, Harriet.

On Winter for the Matriarch

Posted on November 10 at 8:06 p.m.

That's Rod, not Ron.

On S.B. Bank & Trust's Rocky Year

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