Let's be honest, if something gets old and lives beyond its usefulness--you get rid of it--right? I would venture to say that everybody who is reading this has at least one cell phone--or a push button land phone--but absolutely none of you is currently using a rotary phone--right? And if you are still currently using a rotary phone, well God bless you.
Ever since some geometrical genius invented something called a wheel, mankind have adapted to the changes, (And often challenges), of new technology. We have some incredible sewer systems the world over thanks to the inventive minds of the ancient Greeks. However--could u imagine what the world would be like if nobody came up with the next stage of the sewer system--and so on..to arrive to the type of sewer systems we have now? Can you imagine what marine travels would be like today--if some guy name Robert Fulton didn't invent a steam boat?? But where are those steamboats now?? Being used in Mariner's Museums all over the world.
The Pony Express became the U.S Post office. Now the majority of mails are being delivered by email--causing the Post Offices to be slowly but surely dying. I guarantee you there is not one of you who have ever driven a model T, let alone--ever even seen one unless you have gone to a museum that includes technology history. And I am pretty sure that those of you who are in possession of one--will make sure you have your cell phone on you before you leave your house to go where ever you are going. Just think about trying that with a rotary phone!
So why am I doing all this history talk? Because I am just wondering what do you think of making the current process of how we vote for a President--namely the Electoral vote--history? This system has been around since 1787--(that is 225 years for those of you who wanted more specific details!). It was invented during The Constitutional Convention that took place in Philadelphia from May to September of that year. At the time--The United States was just barely into its toddler stage. It still had its original 13 Colonies--and no other States had of yet been added. It was a convenient system for these people simply because they did not have the technology necessary to count all of the votes across each of the states--and in some case like mountainous New Hampshire-regions, of the States at that current time. The United States did not have any Presidents, and all of the States were just barely learning how to self govern themselves.
But here we are--225 years later, 37 more States added...with a high probability of adding Puerto Rico as a 51st State--with technology that can let us talk to astronauts flying to Krypton--(Well OK--maybe not Krypton--but you get the point), and we are still using a system that was set up by men who had to use a feathered pen to write down the rules of the electoral voting system?? Don't you think it is time to update this outdated process--and go with the popular votes instead???
No--I am not asking this because I am bummed that Obama won. Clearly if we would have a popular votes system, Obama would have still won by somewhere between a million and a bazillion votes depending on which liberal media you read. I have actually been asking this very same question ever since the fiasco that happened in the 2000 election. I am asking because there are States that seem to have power with the elections--and those that apparently don't mean much to anybody. When you got a situation where nearly half of The New England States electoral numbers are needed to even match the 55 electoral California has, a state that didn't even become a state until 1850 by the way--there have to be a serious problem with this system. Would you not agree? Or....are you someone who maintains that the Electoral System of voting is something that makes the United States unique in international standards, and the American tradition should continue as is?