Critical Thinking

Should we scrap the Electoral College system? Before we bring this to a Constitutional convention or a vote, will those who haven’t read their history please do so, and then put a sock in it?

The EC has become more relevant in the age of technology, not less as many would have us believe. To theorize that Wyoming voters have four times the “power” of Texas voters because of a smaller population (3 EC votes in WY vs. 35 EC in TX) doesn’t hold civics-class water. Every citizen regardless of residency is charged with an individual responsibility when voting. National elections are no different than local. No one is immune from television, internet, radio, whistle stops, daily baloney, or over-the-fence conversations unless that person consciously chooses to ignore current events. Shame on them.

A particular media outlet claims by giving smaller population states a minimal say in a presidential vote rather than relying on the popular vote, the founding fathers were just trying to bribe smaller states to remain in the colonial union.

Some might call this the art of the deal, but think of the consequences of a popular presidential vote. A dozen coastal and a few inland cities would forever determine who would be elected president. No one else. Talk about fly-over politics and marginalizing small state voters. In 2016, the Democrats only won 57 of the nation’s 3,141 counties in the United States. And still, they won the popular vote. Does that tell you the 57 were all densely populated counties? Why, yes, it does.The Founders saw that. What’s wrong with our eyesight?

Another media outlet says the undue influence of nonurban people creates a disparity across the nation. Hogswallop and quite the contrary. The only way to assure a fair representation of a population living everywhere in the US is to give everyone an equal chance at representation. This means everyone gets heard in the polling centers, not just the box seats, but the cheap seats, too. Anything less in a democratic society based on adversarial compromise flies in the face of our beliefs.

Voting is by definition making a choice. Sometimes, the choice is tough and we’ve got to forget rhetoric and party loyalties and go with what’s best for the nation. Sometimes we must vote against a dangerous candidate. If you’re a voter, you get to decide, and not only someone living in the Bronx.

When our founding fathers formed the “United States,” they counted on the states and their population to judge their own needs, goals, and requirements, all within the structure of the US Constitution. This is reflected in the Electoral College. Do you recall this most important statement?

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

And you want to give that away because you don’t like who won? The idea that one election, unpopular though it may have been, could unseat the Constitution is unfathomable and hugely short-sighted. Nothing is perfect, but toss away our entire democracy? Holy crap, get a life.

Comment (1)

  1. Roland Hughes

    Speaking from the cheap seats in one of the fly-over states, well said. Coastal elitists always seem to overlook the fact the phrase “popular vote” was invented by the media outlets they own. Believing that 57 counties out of 3141 in the nation should govern and control everything smacks of feudal lords and peasants back when the peasants had no rights.

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