Wow, when your candidate loses, it's because the system is "rigged" and needs to be changed. Republican President-elect Donald Trump made a "rigged system" a centerpiece of his campaign. Now that he has won, all mention of a rigged system has ended--from Trump's camp.
But now that Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has lost, the laments about a rigged system are gushing forth from Democrats and liberals. As if Clinton, having received the majority of the popular vote but having lost in the Electoral College, was a victim of a rigged system. Except that the Electoral College is the system that everyone must run under. Prompting me to ask: If the Electoral College was so bad, why didn't the Clintonistas campaign for its abolition before the election or during an off-election year. The question answers itself.
Abolishing the Electoral College and having the president elected by direct popular vote requires a constitutional amendment, so, be my guest. Start the process. It's just important that everyone understand the principles on which the College is based. The United States has a federal government, the result of a constitutional compromise that allows smaller states to be protected from the tyranny of the majority in the larger states. If we are pained by that type of inclusiveness, then pass that constitutional amendment.
However, the wisest commentary that I've seen on the implications of abolishing the Electoral is be found in the Chicago Tribune's Voice of the People in the form of a letter to the editor from Mike Wahls. He nails the crux of the debate:
Eliminating the Electoral College in the name of democracy is modifying our form of government. Next we'll have to eliminate the Senate. It's not proportional to the voting population, only the House is. Then we can let California vote to annex Nevada. After all, it has more voters. Why shouldn't that count for more? And population growth in Texas has been exceeding its long-term fresh water supply for years. Texas could team up with a few other parched states and vote to take Great Lakes water.
Majority rule may not turn out so well for everybody
Well said, Mr. Wahls.
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