A nation, by any other name

The major fallacy in William Maner’s March 9 letter is found in his closing sentence, which includes the phrase, “one man, one vote.” At the federal level, this concept applies to voting for members of Congress, but was never intended to apply to voting for the president.

When 13 individual states agreed to form a representative republic, the name they chose was the United States of America, not the United People of America. The founders understood that our nation, even at that time, was far too large to function as a pure democracy, in which every citizen would cast a vote on every issue to be decided.

In what is probably the most important decision, the selection of our nation’s chief executive, the states agreed upon using the Electoral College. I heartily agree with Ronald Smith, who wrote in his letter of March 6, that “the Electoral College is more important now than when it was created.”

R. Hamilton White

James City County

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