If I say "I hate the idiots who think Michael Moore is actually intelligent" then I would assume an intelligent person would realize that I'm talking about "the idiots who think Michael Moore is actually intelligent" and not ALL idiots. This is just nonsense because I never once said that. I've worked for many liberals who I thought were patriots, and I've voted for some liberals who I thought were patriots. Don't put words into my mouth. If the American people directly voted for the President the form of Republican government we have now would be weakened. Those in states like mine (Alaska) would be completely shut out of power. A President would be elected before we even went to the polls. (It may seem that it is that way now, but it really isn't, without the people in Florida not understanding how to pull a lever, Alaska would have sent the crucial three Bush electors to Washington) Also, it's important to note that many people vote for electors that vote for someone besides who they were pledged to vote for. A Gore elector last year refused to vote for Gore. That is NOT an unimportant thing. Direct Democracy hurts the will of ALL the people, it creates a mob mentality that shuts out the voice of the minority. See Simon's quote above. He's exactly right.