Posted by mrlane on 27 October 2008
Over the weekend I began really sorting through some of the issues that are before the voters on Tuesday, November 4. There is so much to keep in mind as one votes: our involvement in two wars and the current economic slump being two of the major issues. No matter how one votes we, as a country and people, will be changing gears some how. The changes that occur may range from the massive to the minute. But no matter what we will have a change of historical significance: there will be a first in the Executive Branch – either a woman will be Vice-President or an African-American will be President. Truly incredible…
And did you know that not many people actually know how the President and Vice-President are elected? Watch the Common Craft video “Electing a U.S. President in Plain English” to see how we elect people to the Executive Branch of our government.
Pretty interesting, hunh?! It appears that are Founding Fathers didn’t completely trust the “common folk” to make important decisions. But the system we are using is the same one that was used when George Washington was elected in 1789 (and again in 1792) and every four year since then so it must work pretty well. You will spend some more time learning why we use this system as you continue your study of the growth and development of the United States in your history classes.
In the meantime, continue your exploration of our candidate’s positions, the election process, and current predictions by using Larry Ferlazzo’s blog post The Best Sites To Learn About U.S. Presidential Elections. Keep in mind that this site is designed for teachers but it has many links that you will find interesting. Just so you know, Mr. Ferlazzo teaches at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento.
As you look around and find places of interest remember to share them with the rest of us by submitting a comment to this post. I will do my absolute best to get them approved as soon as possible so that we can maximize our learning potential by using each other as resources.