You can trash the founding fathers of this country all you want, but they instituted a form of government that gave every plebe far more autonomy than ever existed in the past, even giving the plebes the ability to change it or abolish it if necessary.
No. The plebes were not allowed to vote under the Founders' system, only land-owners. And in order to be a land-owner you had to meet quite a few non-monetary requirements as well. They also set up an Electoral College due to logistical considerations (the fastest way to relay information was a courier on horseback) and also to insulate against the possibility of the masses voting in someone totally unqualified. Supposedly, the educated folk in the College would recognize, say, a proto-dictatorial populist strongman, more easily than the general electorate of landowners, and they would serve as a check over the election process. Part of the whole checks and balances thing.
The system wasn't perfect, and it still isn't. We need to keep what works and change what doesn't. Voting rights have been broadly expanded, because we recognized that is a good thing, and we set out to make it happen. Regarding the Electoral College - the logistical considerations are essentially gone in this information age. They have proven themselves ineffective as a sanity check on the election process by failing to take any action in 2016. Their votes have contradicted the will of the people in several recent elections. Add in an efficiency bonus for streamlining things, and I see zero reason to keep the Electoral College.
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