The Electoral Collage and Ignorant Snowflakes

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screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-01-21-pmSnowflakes are terribly upset to the point of marching in the streets and having temper tantrums because Hillary lost the election.  I don’t mind admitting I’ve done my share of complaining about lost elections, and had a few temper tantrums. In 1992 my mother banned me from mentioning politics in her home after I had a rather averse reaction to the election of Bill Clinton.   I ranted and raved, then went to work with my local GOP.  Became county chair.  In 1994 we were part of the GOP revolution which ended with Newt Gingrich as Speaker!  You don’t riot, or act like idiots, you go out and recruit candidates like Lindsey Graham, winners.

But, the little Snowflakes who are out protesting and are terribly upset.  They have a right to be upset as much as I have a right to be euphoric.  They do not have a right to start a riot.  They have a right to protest, but they need to understand that our nation once again, underwent an almost revolutionary change in direction, without a shot being fired.  There were no deaths, other than shattered nerves.  There were no purges.  It all went exactly as the Founding Fathers planned.

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They are demanding the Electoral College be ditched because Hillary Clinton received a couple hundred thousand more votes than did Donald Trump.  But – that’s not the way it works.  She may have received more votes, but look at this map.  It is rather fascinating.  Democratic strongholds are concentrated in the blue area.  The Founding Fathers were right.  While a total vote count might indicate Hillary had won the election, she does not by far, represent more than a small portion of the nation.

“…In The Federalist Papers, James Madison explained his views on the selection of the president and the Constitution. In Federalist No. 39, Madison argued the Constitution was designed to be a mixture of state-based and population-based government. Congress would have two houses: the state-based Senate and the population-based House of Representatives. Meanwhile, the president would be elected by a mixture of the two modes. Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 68 laid out the key advantages to the Electoral College. The electors come directly from the people and them alone for that purpose only, and for that time only. This avoided a party-run legislature, or a permanent body that could be influenced by foreign interests before each election.

Hamilton explained the election was to take place among all the states, so no corruption in any state could taint “the great body of the people” in their selection. The choice was to be made by a majority of the Electoral College, as majority rule is critical to the principles of republican government. Hamilton argued, electors meeting in the state capitals were able to have information unavailable to the general public. No one who is an elector can be a U.S. officeholder, so none of the electors would be immediately beholden to a given presidential candidate.

Another consideration was the decision would be made without “tumult and disorder”, as it would be a broad-based one made simultaneously in various locales where the decision-makers could deliberate reasonably, not in one place, where decision-makers could be threatened or intimidated. If the Electoral College did not achieve a decisive majority, then the House of Representatives were to choose the president, and the Senate the vice president, selecting among the top five candidates, ensuring selection of a presiding officer administering the laws would have both ability and good character.

Additionally, in the Federalist No. 10, James Madison argued against “an interested and overbearing majority” and the “mischiefs of faction” in an electoral system. He defined a faction as “a number of citizens whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.” What was then called republican government (i.e., federalism, as opposed to direct democracy), with its varied distribution of voter rights and powers, would countervail against factions. Madison further postulated in the Federalist No. 10 that the greater the population and expanse of the Republic, the more difficulty factions would face in organizing due to such issues as sectionalism.

Although the United States Constitution refers to “Electors” and “electors,” neither the phrase “Electoral College” nor any other name is used to describe the electors collectively. It was not until the early 19th century the name “Electoral College” came into general usage as the collective designation for the electors selected to cast votes for president and vice president. The phrase was first written into federal law in 1845 and today the term appears in 3 U.S.C. § 4, in the section heading and in the text as “college of electors…”

I am a Strict Constructionist.  I believe the Constitution was written the way that it was for a reason.  You go rewriting it and you can cause great harm to our democracy.  The problem here is if you don’t know why we have the government that we do, you wouldn’t know that.  Our adorable little Snowflakes don’t know anything about it.  They have been raised in the era of STEM studies.  They are abjectly ignorant about how our country works.  They  need some high school civics.  They do quite well shouting profanity in front of small children, but don’t know a darn thing about government.

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