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A New Republic If You Can Keep It (Townhall.com) August 19, 2010

Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.
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This summer Massachusetts became the 6th state to join the national 

Courtesy of Townhall.com

 popular vote movement.  This end-run around the electoral college requires a state to cast its electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote, disregarding its own state outcome.

Have the patriots of Massachusetts forgotten that the founders gave us a republic, not a direct democracy?  The Electoral College, which aggregates votes by state, is one of many checks and balances the Founders designed to protect us from the vagaries of pure democracy. 

If this continues, presidential campaigns will be held on television and in big cities and the uncertainty of recounts will be national in scale.  As Benjamin Franklin wisely responded when asked what kind of government the founders had established, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

To listen to the audio:  http://townhall.com/TalkRadio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=11&ContentGuid=18cfea2f-76fb-4ec0-9d3d-8bbf3c54e32a

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