The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 12, 1952 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, February 12, 1952
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, TVBKCAXr 18. 19M Think You Have Part in Electing a President? Wrong- (EDITOR'S NOTE: This It (he first of four storlei on the Yoteri' •truegle to pick a president.) By JAMES MARI.OYV WASHINGTON (ff) — For 165 years, the voters have been In a long and not very energetic struggle to get a word in edgewise in a picking a president. This election (Bjear Is a good time to see why. The 55 men who met in Philadelphia in 1187 to make the Constitution saw to it the people couldn't vote directly for the President. We still don't. We have to vote for electors who vote for the President. We can't even choose the candidate*. The professional politicians lee to that. They do it for us as they will once again at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in, Chicago this summer. Those 55 conservatives of 1157 agreed with George Mason of Vir- Elnla, who thought. "It were os unnatural to refer the choice of a proper character for their chief magistrate to the people as it would be to refer a trial of colour to a blind man." And the 65 men worked out a plan which, it was expected, would let Congress Itself pick the President 19 times out of 20, Each state would select a group of electors who'd vote for a President. If the electors in each state voted for _ "favorite sons" ns it was —^thought they would, any candidate Vwould have a time getting a majority of the electoral vote. And when no one did, the House of Representatives would choose the President from among the top runners. Actually, It worked out that way only twice. In 1800 the House chose Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr •when both tied in electoral votes; and in 1824 the House named John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson when neither got an electoral majority. But on the Important question ~whoM elect tile electors, and how?—The 55 Constitution-makers left that up to each state legislature to decide, in those earliest days, when only one-s«-enth of the adult males had the rifthl to rote, t few legislatures let the people vote for electors. The rest of the legislators kept the right to themselves. Eventually — but it wasn't until Civil War days, and the South Carolina Legislature was the last to . yield—all the legislatures let the people vote for electors. This change came as more neople voted ^nd the big political parties •/merged. There had been no parties as we know them up through Washington's first two terms. The .parties finally took over the naming of electors for whoir the mass of the people could vote on election day. So now the electors of the party getting the biggest vote in each state vote for that party's presidential candidate. This would seem to mean the electors have become mere rubber stamps, which they are most of the time, and harmless parts of an old- fashioned election system which we have been too lazy to change. 16 isn't quite itrue. Under the Constitution the number of electors in each state is limited to its total number of senators and representatives In Congress. Eo it's possible, because the population of some states is greater than in others, for a candidate to get n greater popular vote (total vole for electors! than the man who wins -the election because he got more electoral votes. It's happened and coulrt happen •gain. -In 1838 the popular vote for Orover Cleveland was 5.540329 to 5,«9,835 for Benjamin Harrison, who won the presidency because he go 233 electoral votes to 168 for Cleve- 19 no. And, although the rltcton almost always vote for their winning party's candidate, there's no taw. except In a f ew states, which says hey have to. So far we naven t shown enough energy to chance this ridiculous and outdated system which MRM lime may let a little group of electors, chosen by the people, vote contrary to the people's choice for President. To abolish this system would be a slow, tedious process, requiring a constitutional amendment There's been talk of It, but no action. Ridgway Raps Red Seizures Confiscation of Jap Fishing Boats Claimed TOKYO W) _ Oen. Matthew B Ridgway today sent a sharply worded note to Soviet authorities denouncing Hussian seizure of Japanese fishing vessels. The Allied supreme commander accused the Reds of grabbing some 178 fishing craft in violation of the occupation agreement, and "contrary to a!l principles of international law and custom." Hidgway charged the Reds confiscated 29 of the boats and wrecked one. He said 33 disappeared without a trace; one .escaped and the other 114 eventually were released He also 8ccu«c! the Russians ol holding many of the fishermen captive, subjecting them to "prolonged interrogations, most of which have had nothing to <lo with the alleged violations of the fishing area but on the contrary have been solely for the purpose of securing political, economic and military Information concerning conditions in Japan." Egypt Bans Paper For Violation of Censorship Rule CAIRO. Egypt CAP)—Al Misri, leading newspaper supporter of the recently ousted Wafdist party Cabinet, drew a one-day ban from publication today for violating Egypt's strict censorship rules. ., . The announcement lastinight, said the'-paper,' which claims 'the fargest circulation-If," lhe Middle East, will be permitted to resume publication tomorrow. Al Mlsri's.Sunday issue was confiscated. The paper had published an account of last month's rioting as reiated by Puad Serag El Din Pasha. As interior minister in the ousted cabinet, he was responsible tor public order at the time of the fire riots. (ASK.) OOV»H» MEWS Frontline Fighters Needed in Singapore SINGAPORE UP> — The British Army in Singapore and Malaya is trying to get more men into the front lines at the expense of those in the rear areas. High-ranking officers, noting the low proportlo of rear echelon personnel to frontline troops in the Russian and Chinese Communist armies, say it is "essential" that the British army reduce its rear area staffs. FOOTLOOSE—Some (olk P" 1 'heir best foot forward but the. Wa len tw.r.s (Eileen, Iclt. and Enid) prefer to put theirs 'way ov^ their heads. The skiers, starring; at a Miami Beach niebt club practice acrobatics on the sunny beach. • Radio Newsman Wjffi Shopping- By ETJ CKF.AGH WASHINGTON (AP)—It vat almost quitting time In the White House press room. Frank Bourgholtter, who covers the White House for the National Broadcasting Company, was writing his dally script. Then, from t telephone booth, emerged Jack Doherty, the merry little White House man for the N>w York Dally News. ''Onions, bread and cookies," Dohfrty in uttered. "Onions, bread and cookies. Onions, bread and cookies." "What are you &aylng?" asked Bourghollzer. "I said, 'onions, bread and cookies.'" Doherty replied. "That's what my wife wants me to bring home. I'll neyer remember It. Onions, bread and cookies." Bourghollzer tried to put his problem - out of his mind but it kept bothering him. Tired of Writln? "Look." he said finally, -why don't you just write that dov.'ii II you can't remember it?" Doherty weighed the suggestion but found it uJis.itlif.ictory. "I'm tired of writing—-been do- Ing It all day," he said. "Besides, even if I did write myself a note I would lose it. "Instead," he went on brightly, "why don't you put the onions, Aids Reporter •Via Broadcast bread »nd «x*Jes In your script? I will listen to your show on the oar radio and you c«n remind m« oner the «ir." Bourgholtztr ukt h« couldn't possibly do thai. Doherty said h« could, too. .Of course, Doherty «ald, If BourgholtMr didn't *«nt to do a friend a favor _ Bourg- holtzcr said It wasn't that. «t ill. Doherty \rt(. He had t good mind, he eaid, not to tune In Bourghollzer'j 8:30 p.m. EST program but he finally did. "... anil Cookie* . , .And Just is he drove into the parking lot at the super market he heard Bourgholtzer telling the radio surilenrt about President Truman going up to the Capitol for lunch with some congressmen. "The main dish," said the commentator, "was ». steal;, very beautiful Missouri top - grade steak, two inches thick. '•The rest of the menu w«s Just fill-in — probably things like BREAD and maybe some Onions and COOKIES for dessert." BREAD and maybe some ONIONS and COOKIES for dessert." Mrs. Jack Doherty said It was the first time In her married life that her husband brought home exactly what she asked for. Vietnamese Eye 8-Division Army PARIS (AP>—A Trench »en«r»l Just back from Indochina report* the Vietnamese government hopes to hav« i fully-equipped Army of eight divisions—120,000 men — In the field against Communist-led retete br *• «nd of thte ywr. - ,' Brig. Gtn. Gtargtt BpiBmar., wh* helped set up t tralnlnf program for Vietnun«M oHioen and tooof*, told » news eonfewnc* yetferdu that i thoctage of Ajnerte«c-«up- pliea ar«8 it the only f«tor which can prevent formation of a lutivt army that size. Read Courier Newi ClaMifled Adi. Symington Says He'll Quit RFC Post This Week WASHINGTON (AF) — Stuart Symington said today he plans to step out this week as administrator of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation RFC, leaving a vacancy at the helm of the big lending agency. Symington first resigned effec live Jan. 15. but remained on the job at President Truman's request because of difficulties in filling his spot. He scheduled a conference on the question with the President today. 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