I really enjoyed reading about this chapter because the constitution is one of my favorite things to talk and to read more about. After reading I usually like to think and reflect on what has just been read. One thing was surprising, and another subject made me think about it in an entirely different way. The subject that was most surprising was the fact that Colonial Americans, way before the revolution, somewhat governed themselves and England hadn’t really intervened in any of their politics, called salutary neglect (Morone & Kersh, 2018, p. 42). The second subject was the electoral college. I used to think that it was necessary, but into days world that is not the case. Chapter 2 has had some explanations and thoughts that surprised me and made me think of something in an entirely different way.
Movies and Tv shows seem to miss inform us on what happened to lead up to the revolution. Such as the movie The Patriot and the tv show Turn: Washington’s Spies are just a few examples. They show us that England was always oppressive to the colonial citizens since they settled there. That is not the case though. “Each colony governed itself in its own way” (Morone & Kersh, 2018, p.44). This is new information to me which, I find surprising and Interesting. I always thought that England had always oppressed the colonies. The first point made about this was “the colonies were three thousand miles away from the king and his armies.” (Morone & Kersh, 2018, p.42). The colonist could get away with governing themselves because England was so far away. In my opinion is the root of the “rebellious” mentality associated with Americans. Point number one was an obvious one but I seemed to always think that Great Britain always ran the colonies directly instead of colonial governments before the revolution. There where five more points said in the book but, the first point to me was so obvious and I am surprised that I never saw it that way.
My mentality toward the constitution has always been an originalist. What the constitution says is the way it should be. The Electoral College is something I always thought was necessary because it is in the constitution. The real reason why the Electoral College was put into the constitution was simply that the Constitution’s framers didn’t trust the people to vote for the presidency. “They did not think the people had enough information or wisdom.” (Morone & Kersh, 2018, p.59). It makes sense during that time because there was no tv, people where not required to go to school and communication was very slow. Most people were not educated and instant access to news and current events made it hard for the constitution’s framers to trust the people. Today is a different story. American children are required to go to school and we can access what is happening with politics instantly through the internet. We as Americans now can think for ourselves because of schooling and there is no need for someone else to vote for us. The Electoral College is also way more complicated than popular vote.
The American Constitution is the root of American Government and American politics. Reading chapter 2 has surprised me and has made me think of the Electoral College in an entirely different way. Movies and tv shows have miss informed us about what happened leading up to the American Revolution. Colonies governed themselves and could get away with it because of the great distance between the Colonies and England. The Electoral College, in my opinion, is not necessary. Today there are many different resources to view politics such as tv, the internet, people are more educated, and we have instant access to news and what is happening in American politics. These things were not present during the time the constitution was written in. This leads me to one questions. Is the electoral college necessary in today’s world?