Direct Election of President Considered by Founding Fathers

Many today want to get rid of the electoral college method of choosing our president.  For example, there is a book called Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America.  It  has quite a lot of good information in it, though the author draws the wrong conclusion.  Or search Google for “electoral college failure” and browse through some of the 333,000 results.   Attacks on the electoral college system accelerated after the 2000 election in which Al Gore won more popular votes but George Bush won the electoral college.  The Founding Fathers considered, debated, and voted on different methods of choosing a president during the Constitutional Convention of 1787 before choosing the one they thought best.

Deciding how to select or elect the president was one of the most difficult decisions the Founding Fathers had to make during the Convention.  They held at least sixteen votes on this one issue…

Read more of my piece written for What Would The Founders Think?

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One response to “Direct Election of President Considered by Founding Fathers

  1. I agree with you that the 17th Amendment should be repealed. The massive increase in state spending that is mandated by Obamacare would not have passed if Senators had to report back to State Legislators. The exchange would go something like this: “You passed a bill requiring us to spend how much . . . you’re fired!” 🙂

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