Posts Tagged ‘Electoral College’

Restore the Electoral College to its Constitutional Purpose

January 31, 2017

Last November the American people decided that an arrogant autocrat who cannot even focus his thoughts, a rude and impulsive man, willfully indifferent to truth, a smirking bully and fraudster who has bloated himself by tricking money out of his victim’s pockets, that this admirer of Vladimir Putin was just the man they wanted to lead them.

Donald Trump lost the national popular vote, but still became president because small states receive greater weighting in the Electoral College. If you include those too apathetic to vote, Trump won with the support of less than a quarter of the electorate. That was enough to highjack American democracy and put us on the road toward authoritarian rule.

Does this mean we should eliminate the Electoral College and have a national popular vote?

Popular-vote democracies all have a weakness. When enough voters are willfully ignorant or ruled by angry prejudice or simply don’t care, dangerous candidates win. This is why the founders of our country chose representative democracy. They reasoned that voters would have better knowledge of the character of leaders in their own state.

The American Constitution specifies that elected representatives, known and chosen locally, not the ill-informed and irrational masses should choose our president. Today we ignore our original constitutional process and pick our presidents by what is essentially a popular vote within each state. The authors of our constitution knew the cruelty and destructiveness of a mob. Democracy by popular vote can turn into witch hunts, lynch mobs, and anarchy.

Instead of eliminating the Electoral College, we should use it the way it was intended. We should vote for people we know and respect within our states to serve as electors. The Electoral College is a part of our constitution’s checks and balances. As the American electorate becomes increasingly fragmented and debased, we need it as a buffer against apathy and uninformed recklessness.

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Trump Voters

December 19, 2016

Only a small percentage of Trump voters were the in-your-face fanatics you see on the news. Many were outwardly quiet people who voted for Trump because they were pissed off and wanted to do something to hurt our government. They acted like kids who are mad at a teacher and decide to throw stones through the school windows. That explains why the pollsters thought Hillary would win. If you ask malicious kids what they are doing tonight, they are not going to admit that they plan to throw stones through school windows. They lie or evade the question.

Today the College of Electors voted. Donald Trump is now officially elected and he will become president on January 20th. The stone throwers have had their way.

We will all go back to school with the windows boarded up. It will be very cold with the winter air coming in around the boards, and it will be dark from the lack of natural light. Saddest of all, no new windows can be ordered for at least four years.