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There are many reasons to believe that the American electoral system favours voters and not politicians but at times it can seem like its the opposite way round The electoral college is the main component of American electoral system and there are reasonable arguments that it favours voters and at the spectrum that it only fovours politicians Critics have described the electoral college as a relic of a bygone era an unnecessary institution that one day might undermine democracy by electing a minority president The fact that Bush is poised to become president without a plurality of the vote contravenes is not the spirit of the Constitution The wording of the basic law is clear The winner in the Electoral College takes office as president But what of the spirit of the American institutions Is not a democracy that honors the will of the people The very question indicates a misunderstanding of Constitution The Founders fashioned a republic not a pure democracy To be sure they knew that the consent of the governed was the ultimate basis of government but the Founders denied that such consent could be reduced to simple majority or plurality rule Nothing could be more alien to the spirit of American constitutionalism than equating democracy will the direct unrefined will of the people Recall the ways the constitution puts limits on any unchecked power including the arbitrary will of the people Power at the national level is divided among the three branches each reflecting a different constituency Power is divided yet again between the national government and the statesThese twofold divisions -- the separation of powers and federalism provided a double security for the rights of the people What about the democratic principle of one person one vote Isnt that principle essential to US form of government The Founders work says otherwise Neither the Senate nor the Supreme Court nor the president is elected on the basis of
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