Friday, April 24, 2009

What makes America great?

What makes America, America? A difficult question indeed, we have a rich history of fighting for freedom, a brilliant system of government, a vibrant Republic, a free enterprise system, a Nation founded on morale's, and a Nation founded in God.

What separates America from all the other government in the world, and world's history?

Our people.

Our Nation was founded on the blood of Patriots fighting for a free nation from British oppression and taxation, our nation was create in roots of freedom - unlike most other nations of the world, at the time - and still today, few nations can trace their nations founding to a founding of freedom, like in America.

We are also rooted deep in our Military, a military that is the greatest in the world, a military that is the most powerful military in the world, yet a military that uses its greatness & power in the nation of liberty & freedom, not oppression and hatred like some of our enemies today.

No matter what liberals say, we are not a democracy, we are a Republic, for many interesting reasons :

1. America's Founders knew democracies are dangerous, and that said, mob rule was prevented - the electoral college, and legislative standards were put in place, when the Constitution was written.

2. The Founders create the United States Senate for one reason, so states gained a representative to vote for their stances, notice that every state has always had equal representation in the Senate, also notice you need 60 votes to pass legislation in the Senate - to prevent mob rule of states. Sadly, progressives in the early 1900's took away the states precious vote.

3. The electoral college was put in place for several reasons, among them was so small states would not be ignored during election, and so large states would not determine elections. It also prevents a charismatic (which the Founders feared) leader from winning by simple majority (even Obama had to win close/crucial states by small majorities to win).

America also has a unique separation of powers, one that even Greece which was once a dictatorship in the 20th century, embraces. We also have a bi-cameral legislative process, to further check and balance, plus it was create so the house would be the peoples voice and the senate the states voice.

We are also unique in our Founder, that we were founded on morale's, and in God almighty, which equals to being birthed in complete freedom.

Unlike other economies of the day, America was founded on a Capitalistic system - or free market enterprise system, one that allows for success or failure without government intervention (works best when government stays out, period), and in the case of America - overwhelming success over 230 years.

In summary, our faith in God, our acceptance of morale's, our creation of a capitalistic system, our Republic form of government, our Military of freedom, and our people of rooted freedom is what makes America great. As well as, making our Founders the smartest and greatest men of all government creations in history.

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Anonymous said...

The major shortcoming of the current system of electing the President is that presidential candidates concentrate their attention on a handful of closely divided "battleground" states.
Of the 22 medium-smallest states (those with three, four, five, or six electoral votes), only New Hampshire (with four electoral votes), New Mexico (five electoral votes), and Nevada (five electoral votes) have been battleground states in recent elections.
The voters in the other 19 small states and big states, such as California, New York, and Texas were ignored.

98% of the 2008 campaign events involving a presidential or vice-presidential candidate occurred in just 15 closely divided "battleground" states. Over half (57%) of the events were in just four states (Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia). Similarly, 98% of ad spending took place in these 15 "battleground" states. Similarly, in 2004, candidates concentrated over two-thirds of their money and campaign visits in five states and over 99% of their money in 16 states.

Two-thirds of the states and people have been merely spectators to the presidential elections. Candidates have no reason to poll, visit, advertise, organize, campaign, or worry about the voter concerns in states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind.

The reason for this is the winner-take-all rule enacted by 48 states, under which all of a state's electoral votes are awarded to the candidate who gets the most votes in each separate state.

Another shortcoming of the current system is that a candidate can win the Presidency without winning the most popular votes nationwide. This has occurred in one of every 14 presidential elections.

In the past six decades, there have been six presidential elections in which a shift of a relatively small number of votes in one or two states would have elected (and, of course, in 2000, did elect) a presidential candidate who lost the popular vote nationwide.

Anonymous said...

The current system does NOT provide some kind of check on the "mobs." There have been 22,000 electoral votes cast since presidential elections became competitive (in 1796), and only 10 have been cast for someone other than the candidate nominated by the elector's own political party. The electors are dedicated party activists who meet briefly in mid-December to cast their totally predictable votes in accordance with their pre-announced pledges.