How many of us have seen the calls to do away with the Electoral College? The argument usually goes something like this:
The Electoral College is unfair/undemocratic because it keeps the majority from electing the President.
Now, how many of us realize that this is entirely false? The Electoral College elects the majority choice for President — every time. In fact, it has to: that’s how it is designed. Now, can you explain why this is true? If not, keep reading.
This nation is not and has never been a ‘democracy.’ Our founders clearly and forcefully rejected ‘democracy’ as an evil. They called it the tyranny of the majority, and pointed out that all democracies are short-lived and end in violence — always, every time.
“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
— John Adams
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”
“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
– Thomas Jefferson
“Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.”
And, because this is a Christian-based blog, we have another example of what going with the crowd can yield:
“But they cried out, away with him, away with him. Crucify him………..Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified….”
So, put away the idea that this nation is based on democracy, because it simply is not true.
Next, understand that the Federal Government is a government of the States, not the nation. We do not have a national government — not in the sense that most people understand such. Our Federal Government only governs the State governments — not the American people. This is because we are a confederacy, a union of sovereign States. Each State is still a nation unto itself. The Federal Government does provide for some sweeping protections (ex: the Bill of Rights), but only by insuring that any State that wishes to join the Union agrees to and abides by these terms. If the State wishes to go against them, it can secede. The founders made it clear that the States do have that right. In which case, the Federal Government would no longer have any control over that State (yes, this means Lincoln violated the Constitution). Thus, not only are we not a democracy, but we do not have a national government, either.
If our education system were not failing us, more Americans may realize that the States elect the President — not the people. Originally, the people didn’t even vote for the President. That was something the Progressives added as they started to erode the protections built into the Constitution. That is correct: when it was first ratified, the Constitution did not allow the people to vote for President. If you read the original Constitution, you will find that, originally, the State governments each voted for two people: one from their own State, and someone from another State. Those ballots were then sent to Congress. The winner became President and the runner-up became Vice President. But notice: in this case, not only did the States elect the President, but the President was always the person for whom the majority of States voted.
Today, even with the perversions the Progressives have inserted into it, the system still works in similar fashion. When we vote, we do not vote for a National Leader. We vote for the person we want our State to select as the President of the Federal Government. This still means that the majority of States elect the President — to an extent, anyway. The Electoral College has been ‘weighted,’ similar to the way Congressional seats are allotted according to proportion of population. As I said: this is a perversion of the system, and it is designed to undermine the safeguards written into the Constitution, but it still means that the President is usually elected by a majority of States — ‘usually.’
If this were not the case, this nation would have destroyed itself long ago. That is because, without the Electoral College, fewer than a dozen cities would tell the entire nation what to do. Have a look at this map and ask yourself:
Where is the ‘democracy’ in this with respect to States, or Counties, or even proportion of land mass?
If the people in these blue areas were allowed to dictate to the rest of the nation, how long do you think it would be before the rest of the nation stopped feeding them? Or selling them fuel? Or coal to run their electric plants? And if you do not think that would happen… Well, I’ll get to a post on human nature soon enough. Just know that, if the people in the blue areas were allowed to rule, the people in the grey areas would revolt. In fact, the case could be made that the 1026 election of Donal Trump was a peaceful revolt by the people in the gray areas, and for the very reason that they were tired of being trampled by those in the blue areas of the nation.
Luckily, the Electoral College provides a check on the people in the blue areas. By helping to make sure the States elect the President of the Federal Government, the Electoral College provides a peaceful means of revolt. Do away with it, go to a direct democracy, and this nation will not survive. The gray will attack the blue, and no matter how that turns out, the nation does not survive. But then, that is exactly what the Progressives want, and exactly why they have been trying to push ‘democracy’ — so they can destroy this nation, then remake it according to their own desires…