Dear Mr. President,
An angry citizen
Seem like a vague question? It’s not. It’s the viewpoint of many Americans , who continually ask why the president of the United States cannot answer their questions. Why the man who promised transparency in government is shrouded in secrecy regarding such matters as national security, the attacks in Benghazi, and of course, his Affordable Healthcare Act, dubbed, Obamacare.
If this were to occur in any other major corporation, the CEO, CFO, COO would more than likely be voted out by board members. Aren’t we the board members? After all, didn’t he win a majority that landed him his second term, based on American votes? Actually, no, he didn’t. We, the people, have the right to vote, and yet we do not. Instead, we have an Electoral College. THEY are the ones who decide who becomes President & Vice President of the United States. So what are we voting for? I always thought it was because we had a voice, a right to be heard. But we really don’t where this is concerned. We have a voice on a local level, electing mayors, governors, senators, etc. But on the most important level, where it really does matter who we refer to as our Commander in Chief, only a select few are allowed to decided for the millions of us who vote, who gets the honor of this prestigious title.
Regarding the Electoral College, Wikipedia gives the definition of an Elector as follows;
Electors are apportioned to each state and the District of Columbia, but not to territorial possessions of the United States, such as Puerto Rico and Guam. The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled, while the Twenty-third Amendment has granted the District of Columbia with the minimum number of electors permissible for a state, which is currently three. In total, there are 538 electors, based on there being 435 representatives and 100 senators, plus the three electors from the District of Columbia.
It further says “A number of constitutional amendments have been proposed seeking to alter the Electoral College or replace it with a direct popular vote.”
Now we’re talking!! Why hasn’t this been brought to the front of arguments regarding the election of President & Vice President. Who are these people who are allowed to speak for us? And why do we flock to the polls every four years, hoping for change?