We should do away with the Electoral College


Published: Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 11:37 p.m.
I finally have identified a brave academic who is not a scientist and who seems willing to clearly state the following regarding Iraq: "Our men and women in uniform were cannon fodder of the re-election campaign during President Bush's first term." The author of those words (Sun, Dec. 31) is Dennis Jett, Dean of International Studies at UF.
But Iraq is just the beginning of the demise of the republic. Afghanistan is the next stepping stone. The most recent issue of the Economist (Dec. 23) states the following as it considers the ethnic Pashtun "nang" or sense of honor: "The search tactics of American troops in Afghanistan five years after they (we) invaded the country, tend to offend ..." on the three levels of honor or "nang": "gold (property), women and land."
"By forcing entry in the mud-fortress home of a Pashtun they dishonor his property. By stomping through its female quarters, they dishonor his women. Worse, the search may end with the house-holder handcuffed and dragged off before his neighbors: his person disgraced."
As long as our efforts to protect oil resources (and this is ultimately about oil and gas resources and foreign bases as the new American Empire depends on them) bring us to the point of offending and, yes, even cleansing one ethnic population or another, no matter the country, we are, with Bush, doomed.
Should we not constitutionally eliminate the Hamiltonian stricture of the Electoral College? And like most all countries that have elections, can we not go to a popular vote for president? Happy New Year to those willing to try. Write or call your two senators, Martinez and Nelson, and get them off their duffs. It's time to move a nation on the "Peace Train."

Tom Cunilio,

Gainesville

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