Throughout the history of the Republic (and we are a Constitutional Republic NOT a Democracy) our country has been led by the 30% who choose to take the time to understand a situation and react to it.
In 1775 as Independence was being sought from our British oppressors 30% of the country were behind the idea of fighting, 30% were against the idea and 30% had to be swayed one way or the other. History repeated itself when World War II was in its earliest throws in Europe and a good chunk of the American Population (and for that matter the British before they were forced into war) were against war at all costs.
So it is that the 30% of each side has to put forth effort to sway the remaining 30% (which of course leaves 10% who refuse to commit no matter what).
Currently there is discussion about elimination of the Electoral College and make the presidential election solely about the popular vote. I get the argument. There is some legal validity to it-- here in Massachusetts if I choose to vote Republican for president my vote is wasted because the Commonwealth almost always votes Democrat (we did vote for Ronald Reagan in 1984).
The problem with going full popularity is that would mean heavily populated areas would get a lot of attention both at election time and just before while the more rural areas or less populated areas would get ignored (say goodbye to Rhode Island).
I'm against dropping it for the simple reason that the Founding Fathers were brilliant in their design of the Republic, looking at what worked and failed with the Roman Empire and ensuring that we would never again fall under a tyrannical ruler.
Speaking of tyranny there is yet another move afoot to abolish the 2nd Amendment and or create more "gun free" zones. This is a sinisterly naive track of thinking. The argument for gun-free zones is that if someone walks onto a property marked as such they are instantly breaking the law and will be arrested. I get the logic.
Here's the thing though, if someone with a gun AND intentions of doing something bad is on that property 1- that sign is not going to stop them and 2- they are likely ALREADY breaking the existing laws we have because those with a criminal background are not allowed to have possession of a gun and SHOULD result in an automatic five year sentence, if we enforced the laws we already have on the books.
All gun-free zones do is ensure that someone like me, a law abiding highly trained gun owner, won't be able to help if something goes down.
Think that through.
Regardless of your opinion, Happy Fourth of July.