Before I start, let me reiterate that I am a conservative. Period. However, since the election, I’ve heard a lot of bitter Republicans complaining about the Electoral College. In fact, I find it interesting that they are blaming Romney’s loss on the Electoral College, instead of the Democrats, or non-voters, or anyone who had a hand in his loss. I am constantly hearing people gripe about how it isn’t fair, and how the President should be chosen based on only the popular vote. On the surface, this may seem like a great idea. Everyone gets a say, and it makes it much simpler. But, would that produce the result that we want? And is it Constitutional? That’s the question.
First, let’s go to the Constitution (always a good place to start). Article 2, Section 1 says, “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.” So, basically the number of Representatives and Senators that a state has, is how many Electors they will have (SC has 2 senators and 6 representatives, so they get 8 Electors). Whoever gets the most votes in a state, gets that state’s electoral votes (unless one of the electors rebels, but most of them aren’t dumb enough to do that). So, the point is, the Electoral College was put in place by the Constitution. It’s the way it is. But, why?
Next, let’s imagine a country where the popular vote determines the President. That would be pretty sweet, right? Well, campaigning would be different. Since the point is to get more people to vote for you than the other guy, candidates would probably spend the majority of their time campaigning in states with high populations. So, states like California and New York would suddenly be very important, while places like Kansas and Alaska wouldn’t matter. So much for everyone having a say.
“But American democracy is what makes us great,” you might say. “In a democracy, the people decide things for themselves.” This one cracks me up. Since when is America a democracy? We have NEVER been a democracy; we are a republic. What’s the difference? In a democracy, if 50.1% of citizens think wearing green socks should be punishable by death, it would be law. In a republic, We The People elect public servants to represent us in Washington to make the decisions. We still have the final say however, because if they make decisions we don’t like, they’re not getting a second term. They answer to US, not the other way around. Getting rid of the Electoral College would start us down the slippery slope into a democracy. So, sit back and think about the implications of that. Do you REALLY want to live in a democracy?
The Founding Fathers were not fans of democracy. Alexander Hamilton said, “We are a Republican Government, Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of democracy…it has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.” John Adams said, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” Doesn’t get much clearer than that.
Also, if you’re older than me, you may remember the 2000 election. Al Gore vs. George W. Bush. Al Gore won the popular vote by 543,895 votes. However, Bush got the most electoral votes. Therefore, Bush was elected. So republicans, the Electoral College wasn’t a bad thing THEN, was it? Even if you don’t really like Bush, at least he isn’t Gore.
Lastly, I am, in no way, a fan of President Obama. Never have been, never will be. I would have voted for Romney if I weren’t a minor (I don’t really like him either, but he’s the lesser of two evils). But, just because we, as republicans, lost THIS election, doesn’t mean we should mess with the system. Even if we went by the popular vote, by the way, Romney still would have lost. The Electoral College was put in place by the Founders because they did not want us to be a democracy. They knew what they were doing. Before we start wanting to change things, we need to go back to the documents that founded our country (including the Bible), and determine whether it would be in keeping with our original values. I would encourage you to always stand up for the Constitution, and be ready to defend it when you hear people talking about wanting to change it.
That is all.