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RE: [Nettime-bold] Election Protests Start Saturday

Title: RE: [Nettime-bold] Election Protests Start Saturday

This is one of the more ignorant things I've read today. Reread the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers. The reason to have an electoral college is for the small states to have a say.  The Electoral College favors bottom-up governance. Elections based entirely upon the popular vote would have the candidates focus on the media centers to the exclusion of the local issues. Presidential candidates would not pay attention to local issues if not for the winner take all aspect of the electoral college. That is why is created. Remember we are 50 States, united into one country.

If you're saying this only because your candidate lost you are irrationally trying to remove one of the better ideas in the constitution. And, in case you're wondering, I didn't vote for Bush.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Prince []
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2000 2:58 PM
To: nettime-l
Subject: [Nettime-bold] Election Protests Start Saturday

Friends,      (Forward this message)

Gore WON the popular vote but is LOSING the White House. But...

The electors who make up the electoral college ARE NOT REQUIRED to
vote for the candidate who won in their state. The whole point was to
give the electoral college the final say. In this case, the stupid
custom of "winner take all" is blocking democracy. It's within the
power of the electors to make Gore the prez, and it would be right to

Bush should step aside and let the EC choose Gore. Of course he won't
do that willingly, but WE CAN MAKE HIM.

There's a site coordinating protests for this Saturday in cities all
over the country.  Please visit it, and show up this Saturday.

God bless America,


Jonathan Prince          : The More Evil  : Of Two Lessers...    :
  'Political designed to make lies sound
  truthful and murder respectable, and to give an
  appearance of solidity to pure wind.' - George Orwell

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