Re: EC vs. NPV
The original idea was the federal government would be akin to a committee made up of states' representatives. Not the citizens but the government of each state would send a representative to sit on this committee. The states, not the citizens, would select the chairman of this committee. Just like we create a committee at work to organize a project and we designate one member as the chairman to be responsible to ensure the tasks are executed.
The citizens select their state government. The state government do the tasks which individuals could not do by themselves, such as build roads or provide police protection. But some tasks are bigger than an individual state could do, such as defend against foreign attack. So the states band together via this committee.
The citizens, being a bit protective of their freedom, send a few Representatives to this federal committee who are directly responsible to the citizens, thus maintaining a check against the States' selected members on the federal committee.
So the vast bulk of governing the people was intended to be done locally or at the state level. Very little would be done by the federal government. Mostly the federal government would be defending the nation and regularizing interactions across state lines.
And so the EC is the way the states select the chairman of the federal committee. The President is tasked by the States to execute faithfully the tasks of the federal committee.
Really the original structure of the USA was brilliant. The individuals held the power. The states were sovereign over the federal government. The President was not terribly powerful nor very important to the individual citizen.
People want a government big enough to give them everything they want, but have created a monster powerful enough to control everything about their lives and take away everything they value.
Last edited by Thor; 12-24-2016 at 04:47 PM.