The Electoral College

The Electoral College

Change Needs to Happen If We Are to Go Forward
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The electoral college was something that the founding fathers came up with in order to compromise between having an all majority vote and having Congress elect the President. We still follow laws that the founding fathers created because they were terrified of a leader becoming too powerful and abusing that power. That was 240 years ago, and there needs to be a change to the system on how the President is elected, especially the electoral college. We need to have an all majority vote, and let the American people decide who they want to be the leader of our country. The American government needs to trust the people and believe that we are going to elect the best candidate to be the most powerful person in the world.

The way the electoral college works is the state political parties choose party loyalists to serve in the electoral college. Whichever party’s candidate wins the most popular votes in the state gets to have its members cast the state’s Electoral College votes. Because the members of the Electoral College are chosen by the parties, they usually cast their votes for their party’s candidate for President. Even though the American people are the ones that actually and go out and vote for the President, the Electoral College decides who becomes President. That system is no way to choose who actually becomes President because the majority vote could end up not actually selecting who wins the election. This happened back in the 2000 election, where Al Gore actually won the popular vote with about 500,000 more votes than George W. Bush. However, Bush ended up winning the election because he received 271 electoral college votes, compared to Gore having 266. This happened once again in this past election, and I really think this election put me over the edge in believing that the electoral college needs to be eliminated or reformed. Donald Trump won the electoral college vote, so he is going to be the next President of the United States. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by only about 200,000 votes. Even though that is not a very big margin, she still won the majority vote of the people who voted. In reality, more people voted for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and that is who should be President right now.

In order to qualify to win the Presidential election, the candidate has to have over 270 electoral college votes. Therefore, even though Hillary won the popular vote, she did not win the election because he was unable to receive enough electoral college votes. This is not the only time this has happened, but it really shows the major flaw in the electoral college. When a candidate wins the popular vote in a state, they receive all the electoral college votes out of that state- a winner takes all system. Two states do not follow that, but the whole winner take all system is extremely flawed. There seriously needs to be a change to the system. The electoral college was made by our founding fathers, and that was 240 years ago. We cannot keep following laws that were made that long ago, with all the change that has happened in our country in regards to who gets to vote. The electoral college needs to be revised or removed completely, so there is just a popular vote on who determines the next President of the United States.

No matter who you supported in this past election, I think everyone realizes that there needs to be a change that is brought to Washington and our government cannot keep functioning under the same laws that the Founding Fathers created so many years ago. Hopefully, the American people realize that change needs to occur soon, or else America as we know it may never exist again.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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American Or Christian?

Can you really be both?

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This is a thought that has lingered in my mind for a very long time.

Personally, I hate news and politics. It's depressing and it seems like both parties (and people in general) just don't get it. Political conversation gets on my ever-loving nerves and literally gets me down in the dumps for the day.

I just simply don't watch it anymore. There is too much negativity.

That doesn't mean that I am uniformed. I am not advocating for ignorance or anything like that. I prefer to read and figure out my information from sites "in the middle."

As I was eating dinner with my wife the other day we started talking about the new Abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia. As a Christ-follower and a staunch defender of Biblical inerrant, I detest abortion.

Before you read any farther, you must understand something: This article is not about my defense of my beliefs regarding hot topics like abortion or homosexuality. I do not have the time to write about said topics now. I am just asking you to accept what I believe for the sake of the article.

But, anyway, these abortion bills. I can make a pretty good case that they are Constitutional because they are protecting the Life (one of the Rights given to American Citizens) from others. Yes, I know the arguments against said point but continue with me please.

This led our conversation to talk about Homosexual marriage, something that I am against as well. And not just because of Leviticus but because of the New Testament as well.

But, shaking my head, I said something that my wife seemed to agree with:

"As a Christian, I know it's wrong and I cannot agree with it. As an American, I see no reason why it should be illegal. Unless your choices infringe someone's Rights, you should be free to do what you wish (technically speaking)."

This is my dilemma. Well, actually it's not a dilemma. I know that I am a Christian before I am an American. I love this country greatly, and I know how blessed I am to be born here. For all the hate this country gets (and some of it is deserved) and all the problems we have (and we have a lot), we are shoulders above other countries in many ways. I am so thankful for all the men and women who have served to protect me and keep me safe. I'm thankful for a lot of things. And I am proud to be an American.

But my identity in Christ comes first. This is why I do not get into politics much. I don't really care at the end of the day. Because while America has been blessed, we still have work to do here. And this is not my forever home. This is not where I will spend eternity.

I try and respect everyone's opinions, and I earnestly try to love everyone, even when they trash and disrespect my beliefs and convictions. But I must put my call to Christ about anything that has to do with this nation. I will pray for ALL our leaders because I was told to do so (I prayed for President Obama when he was in office). And I will be here to support this nation. But I cannot put it above Christ's commands.

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