Let’s Talk About the Electoral College

Image courtesy of NationalAffairs.com

As I predicted months ago in another blog, and a few days ago here; the Electoral College is coming under fire as part of the US election process again. The press isn’t even waiting until after the election.

THAT tells me they’re very scared about the results and know the polls are not reflecting real numbers. We’re not here to spin numbers however.

I’m not sure which is more disheartening; the fact that the media is trying to destroy a cornerstone of equal democratic representation in this country OR that people are too damned ignorant and lazy to learn how it works.

This was BASIC junior high / middle school learning back when I went to school.

LONG story short, when the founders were drawing up the constitution, they were originally going to go with a straight election vote. None of the smaller original states would go along with that however, because it meant that New York and Massachusetts would have complete say over who gets elected President. The other smaller states would have NO say, and the President would have NO reason to listen to their concerns at all.

The Electoral College was created as a compromise that ensured the popular vote still held strong, almost total sway, BUT at the same time, the smaller population states had to be taken into account if one wanted to be elected.

Despite what the talking heads trying to destroy our Republic are saying also, the College has only tallied up different than the popular vote on FIVE occasions in the over 200 years of this country’s existence.

In modern times, even with the college, we still hear the entire central 3/4 of the country referred to as “fly over country”, as in “screw them, they don’t have enough votes to matter, I’m not campaigning there”.

WITHOUT the Electoral College, the election would be decided by California, New York, Florida and 3 or 4 other states. Look at the map in the top picture. The number of electors a state gets is based on population, and is the same number that they get for Representatives in the House of Representatives side of Congress. California alone can already override the votes of the entire western 1/3 of the country. Does San Francisco understand what Montana’s needs and goals are? Do they have any reason to even care?

Do NOT believe the lies and propaganda, people. The Electoral College serves a vital role in protecting the representation of the minority against the tyranny of the majority.

If you want a more detailed read on the subject, I recommend the NationalAffairs.com article that I borrowed the picture from.

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About the Electoral College

  1. The Hinoeuma

    Those in power screaming about doing away with the Electoral College know full well what it is for and they don’t care. With our governmental education failing, the uneducated inmates are easily fooled into thinking the EC is unfair. When elections don’t go the way that some want, they want to change the rules of the game.

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  2. bigskybuckeye

    The Electoral College is here to stay. The rhetoric we hear about it has been used in elections past, and your discussion is right on about the “compromise” used at our Constitutional Convention in 1787. Our Founding Fathers used a similar plan with Congress being divided equally between a House of Representatives and a Senate. We are a nation of 50 states on one hand, and also a nation of nearly 330 individuals.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      It’s getting more heated the last few elections and fewer people seem to understand it’s purpose nowadays, which is scary.

      Senators were originally NOT a popular election office. The original role of the Senate was supposed to be to represent the interest of the actual state in the federal government. See how many people know THAT today. 🙂

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        1. Silk Cords Post author

          I had good teachers, and I was exposed early on to the idea that history was important to understand so that society could avoid the mistakes and manipulations of the past being repeated.

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