The Democrats don’t like the Electoral College. Why?
Because they have lost two presidential elections in the past 19 years, despite winning the popular vote both times.
They are determined to see the Electoral College eliminated and replaced with a national popular vote.
Never one to miss an opportunity to say something stupid, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advocated for the elimination of the Electoral College, saying, “Due to severe racial disparities in certain states, the Electoral College effectively weighs white voters over voters of color, as opposed to a one person, one vote system where all our votes are counted equally would be more fair.”
Of course, the Electoral College weighs more white votes because there are far more white people than minorities in the country. That doesn’t mean that the Electoral College is racist. It’s just a statistical reality.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has also weighed in on the issue. She said, “Every vote matters and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means getting rid of the Electoral College.”
In a surprising ruling from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the court ruled that electors of the Electoral College can defy the popular vote in each state and cast their vote for who they personally prefer to be president.
The court ruled that “The text of the Constitution makes clear that states do not have the Constitutional authority to interfere with presidential electors who exercise their constitutional right to vote for the president and vice president candidates of their choice.”
The New York Times reported, “Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard law professor who founded the group that brought the case, Equal Citizens, said it was the first time a federal appeals court had ruled on whether electors could be bound in how they vote. Many states, including Colorado, have laws requiring electors to pledge that they will support the winner of the popular vote. The Constitution is mute on the subject. The appeals court noted that a handful of faithless electors have broken pledges to vote with their state’s majority since the presidential election of 1796.”
Those calling for the elimination of the Electoral College fail to grasp the purpose of the Electoral College.
And no, it wasn’t intended to be a tool for racism.
Democracy Vs Republic
The Founding Fathers of our country instituted the Electoral College because they feared the mob’s tendency to think irrationally and potentially vote a tyrant into office. Their insight into the dangers of mobocracy was proven two years after the Constitutional Convention when the bloody French Revolution was carried out by a nation of angry citizens.
America isn’t a Democracy, it’s a representative republic; this is something that our students are not taught properly in our schools today.
John Witherspoon, a pastor and president of Princeton, wrote, “Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state—it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage.”
Noah Webster once remarked, “democracy is often the most tyrannical government on Earth.”
The framers of the Constitution were students of history. They had read about numerous civilizations that were destroyed because of pure democracy, including Greek city-states and the Roman empire.
There were no long-lasting examples of free republics. They didn’t want a system that would allow an election of a popularly elected tyrant.
That is the reason we have the Electoral College today.
Those calling for the elimination of the Electoral College reject the founding of this country and hide behind the moral failings of some of the Founders with regards to race as a way to diminish their legacy and to bring about a new system of government completely at odds with the original intent of the Framers.
Conservatives must make sure they fail in their quest.