Halfway to Parliament?
Watching the maneuvering around the Electoral College, I had a backwards thought.
As I've been saying forever, the original Parliament is best. We should have left it alone. Failing that, plain old popular election would be better than this mess. Popular election would make life a lot harder for parties and operatives. They would have to seek voters everywhere, not just Palm Beach.
New thought: a PROPER board of electors would also be better than the guaranteed corruption of the current system.
The concept of a small set of delegates choosing the executive is EXTREMELY OLD and universal. Tribes have been using it for 100k years. Corporations and colleges and nations of all types have been using it for 5k years.
The 1787 version of the board of delegates is DEFECTIVE because it only does HALF of the job. All boards except the 1787 electors are semi-permanent with powers to APPOINT AND REMOVE the executive. Often a board uses the leverage of its removal power to advise and steer the executive. Those boards can call themselves into session at any time when the executive is fucking up the tribe or corporation, and can replace him instantly.
The 1787 board is NOT PERMANENT. It gathers just once, to select the executive, and then disbands forever, so it has no sense of responsibility. There is no way to deselect the executive. "Impeachment" cannot work because it replaces the executive with his VP, whose agenda is the same. We've never used it because Congress understands, despite all the usual fund-raising noise, that it won't work.
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Separate thought: We could get a lot closer to the BEST setup without rewriting the whole fucked-up defective constitution. which is impossible. We should discard the whole mess and revert to Parliament, but Soros benefits from the fucked-up defective reverse-interpreted evil.
Maybe the following change would serve as a transitional step.
Start with the 12th amendment and DELETE everything except this short paragraph:
"From the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President."
Presto. Close enough to Parliament, at least on the choosing side. This would still skip the best part of Parliament, which is the REPLACING side. That would take complete deletion and reversion.