The Electoral College was created to prevent smaller states from having no relevance in national elections. Without the Electoral College, the most populated states would always elect the president -- the other states might as well not even vote. For example, Rhode Island would just not bother voting for president.
The Electoral College, like two Senators per state regardless of population were specifically to prevent democracy. The founders saw what democracy was doing to France and decided that "mob rule" (democracy) was not such a good idea afterall. They knew that a democracy would destroy individual rights. The mob could decide you don't have any rights, for example. Giving each of us specific protection against larger groups is the single greatest and most unique concept of this nation.
I believe without this concept, gay rights would've never become a movement. The mob would've made it illegal before it got started. I think the "individual rights concept" forced other nations to give in more to individual rights as well. Afterall, individual rights has not exactly been a tradition in human history...
The mob could decide you don't have any rights, for example.
Various mobs in the US have decided that for a number of groups a number of times. The result has been millions murdered at the hands of the US and its citizenry
Every government on the planet is guilty of this.
If we can cultivate in the world the idea that aggressive war-making is the way to the prisoner's dock rather than the way to honors, we will have accomplished something toward making the peace more secure.
Robert H Jackson - Opening Address to the International Military Tribunal at the Nuremberg Trials (November 10, 1945).
We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow. To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well.
Robert H Jackson - Nuremberg Tribunal.
Opening Address to the International Military Tribunal at the Nuremberg Trials (November 10, 1945).
Gary's got a point, JTT.
Why single out the US in particular for criticism as "murderous"?
Quote:Why single out the US in particular for criticism as "murderous"?
I get that we've killed people. So have other empires.
Today, America speaks anew to the peoples of the world: All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you. Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country.
Combined, the speech used the words "free," "freedom," and "liberty" 49 times.
But I get that you are more than comfortable supporting war criminals and terrorists.
You need to go back to school.
Y'all got royally misled in history and English.