The Electoral College
By Daryl L. Hunter

The failure of our schools to teach the reason for the Electoral College has created a collective ignorance of today’s Americans. There has been much talk of abolishing the Electoral College, as some believe that it has become outdated and unfair. There are those that believe that with today’s communication marvels that a two hundred year old method of electing a President has outlived it's use and intrudes on fair play via the popular vote. The failure of Al Gore and Hillary Clinton to sell their message to middle America has made the populations centers quite sore.

I say; how where those founding fathers so insightful and far seeing? We have evolved from an agrarian society to an urban one, our society has changed in every way, however the Electoral College still protects our small states from being out-influenced from the more populous ones propagating large state, small state cohesion instead of opposition.

This may seem unfair to the resident of the more populace state, but considering the big picture, smaller states living in the proposed, "popular vote" country would have the will and the mores of the larger states forced upon them causing discontent and resentment. Excessive exposure of this would cause irreparable damage. This damage to the working relationship between small states and large would lead to the urge to secede from the union; feelings I have experienced upon multiple occasions anyway. We have gone there once; lets not go there again.

Some say that the Electoral College is unfair as it can result in a President of the USA not elected by popular vote. Well folks, the Electoral College is a reaffirmation of “States Rights” via 50 popular votes, a great equalizer of democracy for a diverse and massive demographic area in which values and world view differ from one area to another. That is the great republic our founding fathers so thoughtfully mapped out for us, not for a year, not for a decade, not for a century, but for multiple millenniums. You don’t like it?  Get a constitutional amendment and change it if you can.

God Bless America and the genius of our founding fathers!

Adendum; plegerized from the scholars at Hillsdaly College.

There is no doubt that the greatest benefit of the Electoral College is the powerful incentive it creates against regionalism. We can thank James Madison, and his concerns for a super-majority or regional rule, which changed Madison’s mind from popular election of the president, to election by an Electoral College.

The dilemma often voiced is that states do not have equal power in the Electoral College. Wyoming has one electoral vote for every 192,579 voters. California has one electoral vote for every 719,272 voters. If California had one electoral vote for every 192,579 voters, like Wyoming, they'd have 205 electoral votes instead of just 55. Rhode Island has one electoral vote for every 264,250 voters. Texas has one electoral vote for every 736,842 voters. Less populated states have more influence in the electoral college than more populated states.

But if it’s a simple popular vote, the candidates wouldn’t leave the big cities.
Without the Electoral College there would never been a UNITED States. The smaller less populous states would never would have ratified the constitution. They knew the larger states would determine the election.

The electoral system isn’t going anywhere fast; to change it requires 2/3 of House and Senate, along with approval of 3/4 of the States. Benefiting patriots and voters who shun the drift towards socialism, a constitutional change is not going to happen.

Trent England at Hillsdale explans it better than I do.

Regionally there is a huge difference of opinion, the red regions will not be dictated to by the blue regions.


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