American History – “What If?”

My ESL students often ask me questions about American Government and Politics. They want to learn how our government works. I enjoy these questions because I love talking about government and politics.

One common question is “Why the Electoral College? How does it make sense that a candidate can wins the popular vote and loses the election?” Good question! We had an interesting discussion. 

This discussion got me thinking. Why does our government work the way it does?

What would the United States be like if historical discussions had different outcomes? What if George Washington didn’t refuse the title of king? Instead of Washington being our first president, he would have become our first king. What would the United States be like if we were a monarchy? What would the United States be like today if we had a parliamentary government?

I plan to write about these what if situations. I will explain the original decision and then speculate. As always, please share your comments with me.


About acohen843

I am a writer and ESL teacher who enjoys the challenge of starting businesses. Currently, I am a JuicePlus distributor ( who is using this business opportunity as the foundation of a social entrepreneurship project.
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