Hillary Clinton complained she won the popular vote, but Trump got to be President anyway! D/S/Cs have never accepted the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s victory, plotting to prevent him from winning, and plotting to impeach him even before he was inaugurated. The villain in this sad story? The Founders, who constructed the Electoral College, which is Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution (in part):
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice-President chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
(The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not lie an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; a quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two-thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice-President.) (This clause in parentheses was superseded by the 12th Amendment.)
The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.
In the 2016 election, there were 528 electors, and 270 were needed for election. Donald Trump won 306 electors.
The Electoral College was a brilliant solution to many problems that threatened to derail the Constitutional Convention (1787). Some of the primary issues? Federalism, and a representative republic vs. direct democracy. The Electoral College has served us well for nearly two and a half hundred years.
Direct democracy—one man, one vote—is simply not practical in a nation of more than 300 million people. Not only would it ensure vote fraud on a monumental scale, it would ensure that the most populous, blue states—contemporarily, New York and California—would always elect the president, it would render federalism moot. The preservation of federalism was also a primary, related issue, for it prevents the tyranny of the majority, a majority willing to ignore the rights of the minority. We’ve witnessed a preview in the Hour elf Representatives during the impeachment putsch, the denial of due process and fundamental fairness that is the hallmark of a tyrannical majority.
As has been made painfully clear, the concerns and needs of Californians and New Yorkers are not shared by most of the nation, and California seems bent on making that gap wider by the day. Even then, these issues were clear to the Founders, so they had to invent a system that preserved federalism, a nation of independent, sovereign, yet united states, while also ensuring the President was truly a national candidate, someone who would have to pay attention to the needs and concerns of small population states like Iowa, North and South Dakota and Wyoming, rather than spending all their time campaigning in and pandering to California, New York, and now, Florida and possibly Texas. This too is why D/S/Cs are constantly trying to turn Texas, mostly through illegal immigration and migration of leftists from California and other D/S/C ruled states, blue.
Why then would D/S/Cs demand the destruction of the system that has made America the most powerful, prosperous and technologically advanced nation in history? Raw political power.
If Elizabeth Warren were elected, which seems unlikely Circa December, 2019, but is certainly possible, eliminating the Electoral College is a real possibility, made more so because she’s far from the only D/S/C advocating it, openly or stealthily. But that would require a constitutional amendment! They’d never be able to get that through Congress, to say nothing of the states! Don’t be so sure. Most Americans know little about the Constitution. Terms like “federalism,” “the tyranny of the majority,” “representative republic” are as little commonly understood as is the composition and workings of the Electoral College. The media is now an entirely owned and controlled propaganda arm of the D/S/C Party, and certainly cannot be relied upon to honestly inform the public. Cynical cries for “democracy,” and “fairness,” can go a long way in shaping public opinion. What cannot be discounted is the reality that people who don’t honor or recognize the Constitution may easily resort to extra-constitutional means to get what they want. As I wrote on 12-09-19 in Second Amendment Alarmism?, a disarmed populace would have little recourse to prevent the dismantlement of fundamental liberties.
Doing away with the Electoral College is not merely a matter of how presidential voting is conducted. Without it, the Congress would be rendered a hollow body “voting”–actually rubber stamping–only for what the non-removable, permanent D/S/C Party ala California demanded. There would be no need for a Senate, which was established to see to the interests of the states. That too was diluted by the 17th Amendment, ratified in 1913, which provided for direct popular election of senators.
The greatest danger would be the concentration of power entirely in Washington, DC. Low population states would be entirely irrelevant and ignored. In fact, there would be no point in state governments, as only high population states—virtually all D/S/C—would have any direct say in government. The national government would quickly rewrite the Constitution and the law—if they didn’t abandon the Constitution entirely—to ensure their permanent power. Without the Constitution, the law would be whatever they said it was. Federal governors of territories that used to be states would be inevitable. The entire structure of our political lives, down to the county and municipal levels, would be obliterated or altered to serve the sole interests of the all-powerful federal government.
The tyranny of the majority, that which the Founders foresaw and justly feared, would be complete. There would be no need to vote for Medicare for all; it would simply be mandated and ruthlessly rationed. Not fully and enthusiastically supportive of the policies of the government? No life-saving surgery or drugs for you. Federal funds—what few were available—would be dispensed or withheld based on fealty to the all-powerful state. We need not guess at the consequences. They’re present and more than clear in Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, and any other totalitarian state, present and past.
Oh, but the majority wouldn’t be like that! D/S/Cs are just brimming with compassion and concern for the downtrodden. They’d never deny the minority their rights! What rights, if federalism were overturned, would those be?
That, gentle readers, is the goal of the contemporary D/S/C Party. The lie of “voter suppression”—demanding identification, removing the ineligible from voter rolls, preventing illegal aliens from voting, removing the dead from voter rolls (they tend to vote Democrat), preventing vote harvesting and other forms of fraud—is only a preliminary step toward ensuring a permanent D/S/C majority. Eliminating the Electoral College is the final, absolutely necessary condition to the establishment of that permanent majority.
If normal Americans, Americans that don’t live in the most populous states, let them get away with it, we deserve everything D/S/Cs are so anxious to give us, good and hard.