Originally posted by KazetNagorra
America got its independence in 1776 and has never implemented universal suffrage. With universal suffrage - without the current poll tax - Donald Trump would never have been elected. Where were all these protests demanding universal suffrage which other democracies have had for over a hundred years? Where was this, most basic of foundations of a modern ...[text shortened]... merican exceptionalism that they kept blaming the train tracks instead of getting off the rails.
Actually, I know many Americans who believe the electoral college should be abolished.
About all the well-educated Americans of my acquaintance believe it's an anachronism.
But it's extremely difficult to make major changes within the conservative US political system.
I note that the Equal Rights Amendment (for women) enjoyed much popular support, but
it never was ratified and never became a part of the US Constitution because there were
just enough reactionary (typically religious) sexists in some states to block its ratification.
There was some inflammatory propaganda to the effect that if the ERA passed, then it
would instantly result in girls being sexually assaulted in unisex school bathrooms or in
physically fragile women being conscripted and compelled to fight in the front line.
I doubt that you would find anyone (except perhaps for Finnegan on some issues)
at RHP who's more critical than I am of the United States.