Let's face it. We owe Trump to our Constitution

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We celebrate our Founders in speeches and song;

They gave us a nation that's lasted quite long.

But we have to acknowledge

Their Electoral College

Was something they all got so friggingly wrong.

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  • Apparently the only part of the Constitution that he "respects."

  • Are you trying to tell us that the Founding Fathers were NOT demigods whose pronouncements demonstrated infallible wisdom? Next you are probably going to try to convince us that they were wrong when the declared that slaves would be treated as three fifths of a person. This is practically heresy!

  • In reply to jnorto:

    This, though brings up another issue. In the 1960s, the 23rd through 25th Amendments were enacted, including to take care of the situation where the President is incapacitated (as this one appears to be). Somehow, with the Equal Rights Amendment going down, that process suddenly became impossible. Not that I was in favor of Al Gore, an amendment abolishing the Electoral College should have been proposed in the early 2000s. There were other proposals, such as a state compact to vote electors for who got the popular vote, or splitting a state by the popular vote in it. Nothing much came of those, and in the last case, for obvious reasons.

    What gets in my craw is that somehow losing by 3 million votes became a mandate for fascism. I don't know if the Founding Fathers envisioned that, but they did envision, in creating the Electoral College, that the average voter was stupid. Difference now is that the Electors usually do not exercise their discretion.

  • In reply to jack:

    One purpose of the electoral college when it was created was to elevate the power of the smaller states in the selection of the president. Today, those states empowered by it are not about to ratify a constitutional amendment doing away with it--that would require approval by38 states.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Could be, but the issue today is more Ohio and Pennsylvania than Rhode Island. As I indicated above, this is one of the obvious reasons why it doesn't appear to be in the cards.

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