Matthew Marino

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Matthew Marino
Posted over 2 years ago
Direct popular vote should replace the Electoral College.
I agree that the electoral college is a fair way to gauge the people's views of who should be elected. Particularly because the electoral college is always consistent. Every member of the college votes in every election, where the actual rate of voter turn out has been sharply decreasing over the last few elections. This could create the possibility of a single political party being factored out completely in a single election, because their supporters may not be showing up to the polls.
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Matthew Marino
Posted over 2 years ago
Direct popular vote should replace the Electoral College.
I find the electoral college to be a much needed institution when it comes to the representation of the American people. Many people find it to be a problem that the American people do not truly have a completely direct vote, and often feel like they have less power than they are told they have. I do not agree. Sure, they are fundamentally correct, they do not have a direct vote, but this is not a true problem. I believe America to be one of the greatest countries in the world, and I find the interaction between the elected and the electors to be one of the finest out of any nation. But I don't really trust the people with this power completely in their hands. Popular Sovereignty seems like the most perfect way to have a complete democracy, but it can be too much power for the people to control. In the years 1854 to 1861, the people of the Kansas territory were given the ability to vote completely on their own accord on the issue of slavery. Obviously, this was a different time, and slavery was an issue that had many fierce supporters on either side, that being said however, it was one of the most violent times in American history, with many riots breaking out, and hundreds killed. My point is not that if the American people are given the right to direct voting there will be people killed over who should be elected president, but many people may abuse the right, including politicians, who could create even harsher targeted advertising, or political groups, who could force people into voting a certain way.
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Matthew Marino
Posted over 2 years ago
Should term limits be imposed on Congress?
I for one, absolutely agree with term limits being implemented on the congress. As the senate serves for six years, and the representatives serve for two, if they each are able to serve for a twelve year maximum, that is more than fair. That's two terms for senators and six for representatives. With the term limit in place these politicians will not focus on their reelection, and instead work for what their constituency needs.