Later today, when I’m hosting the Ed Morrissey Show, you’ll probably notice a deep red welt on my forehead and wonder how it got there. It’s from banging my head on my desk repeatedly after reading the results of two polls released today. The first comes from Gallup, where overwhelming majorities of Americans of every party affiliation demand Congressional term limits and an end to the Electoral College … just two months after re-elected almost every incumbent than ran for federal office: Even after the 2012 election in which Americans re-elected most of the sitting
Comments: I´m with Mr. Morrissey. I too am going to have a deep red welt on my forehead. I feel like I´m living in another universe.
This stuff is stupid. A pollster understands that he can pose generalized questions such as these and most of those polled will give the easy, quick response. Term limits could be good, but meddling with the Electoral College is disastrous. I doubt many of the polled could explain why.
No doubt the poll captured the sentiments of Low-Information Voters Polls consistently show that public approval of Congress is an alltime low (and typically blamed on the "other party" by everyone)--So why not term limits? Throw the bums out. As for the Electoral Collge, I doubt 1 in 10 of those polled understand how it works or its importance to our Republic. If we wanted a pure Democracy and mob rule, we wouldn´t have created the Electoral College. Ask ignorant people questions, you get stupid answers.
I´ve said it before and I´ll say it again, the job of the pollster is to INFLUENCE, not to INFORM. It´s how we got Zerobama and it´s how we got Bill "Horn Dog" Clinton, another totally unqualified nominee.
If Morrissey is stating the results of the polls correctly, which is certainly questionable given who he is, then this is exactly what is going on. Influencing you, not informing you. It´s also called manipulation.
The voters aren´t ticked off enough to cross party lines just to vote against an incumbent. The party bosses know this and use it. The founders debated term limits and, IMHO, made a mistake in not including them in the Constitution. 8 years public "service" followed by no less than 8 years in the private sector.
The Electoral college, like Texas´ constitution, reflect travel by horseback, riding between points on a map. They were written into form to accomamdate such. All we need is paper ballots, for one and all...no machines, no lawyers, less scum around the national end of the voting trail....
while waiting in line to vote on the election day that al gore was running for president, i overheard a black female democrat talking about doing away with the electoral college. it was as if she was willng to do whatever it took to maintain power without regard for the consequences to our system of gov.t.
we do not want democracy. democracy would place minorities at a disadvantage. dems are about to learn that getting what you wish for: ie socialized medicine, is not necessarily what you really need or want.
the dems wanted universal healthcare. well, they got what they wanted. now let´s see if they can live with it.
The LIVs want term limits...for everyone except their own incumbent, who reliably brings home the pork for their district.
And, even if you explained it to them in kindergarten language, "the Electoral College was created to prevent a straight democracy" is a concept far beyond their intelligence. They think voting in multiple precincts without a photo ID to be a right for voting Democratic.
When people ask me what the Electoral College is, I tell them that it was designed specifically to prevent someone like Obama from ever becoming president. The founders knew very well how easy it is to lead the sheep. They actively used propaganda and bald faced lies and exaggerations to whip up sentiment against the British. They understood that the votes of the people could be bought.
That´s why the STATES appointed Senators...until the 17th amendment passed. And The STATE legislators or governors decided how their electoral votes would be cast.
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