I was listening to the Townhall Review this morning and a light bulb went off. The last segment of the show features a clip from Dennis Prager, talking about how middle school in California (where else?) decided to nullify the results of a school election because the results were not acceptably diverse.
He goes on to talk about how those of a certain political leaning seem to only support democracy when the results are favorable to them. Hence the push by the left to disband the Electoral College.
I never really connected the dots on the issue of the Electoral College. It’s not something that I felt has been taught very well in school. For quite some time it’s seemed to me to be needlessly complex. Wouldn’t it be better to just look at the popular vote?
Well, it boils down to the US being a democratic republic, not a pure democracy. When you think about it, our country was initially a collection of colonies that became individual states. These states joined together to form a Union. Our founders intended that all states in the country be important and have a degree of autonomy. I think these days many people have lost sight of that fact. I know it took me many years and a lot of independent reading and thought to come to that realization. Many young people these days don’t see states as much more than geographical areas – they identify more with being Americans. There are positives to this, but there are also dangers to losing sight of the federalist intentions of our founding fathers.
Prager University has a couple of informative videos up about the Electoral College and the Popular Vote.