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James Madison, called the father of the Constitution, once said, "If men were angels, no government would be necessary."

With others who were grounded in the Bible's understanding of man and his condition, a social contract for governing was adopted. We remember it and value it today as the US Constitution.

With its separation of powers, checks and balances keep too much power from the hands of one party or branch of government. Due process of law adds protection for people threatened by government actions of abuse.

Knowing that effective government would always be close to being a tyrant or a criminal enterprise, power would be distributed to people through elections. Every two years we have elections, casting votes for every seat in the House of Representatives and for one third of the seats in the Senate. Altogether this gives us a representative republic, not a pure democracy.

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With a pure democracy in presidential elections, three or four cities would alone choose the president. Luckily for us we have the electoral college to preserve us as a representative republic.

Officeholders in Colorado and other states want to throw their electoral college to the nationwide popular vote. This would be an insult to the voters in their states. Can't they figure that out? It repeats Hillary Clinton's notorious remark, calling huge numbers of voters, "a basketful of deplorables." If the electoral college is repealed, look for the nation to become politically dysfunctional like the state of Illinois.

Look also for the seeds of separation and division to sprout. Maybe even a civil war. Too many of today's candidates want to change the Constitution radically. They are not in the same league as Madison and his peers. Not even close. As originally written and adopted, the Constitution needs to remain as our social contract.

Leonidas H. Miller, Mattoon

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