The Columbian’s Ignorance About The Electoral College

by lewwaters

The December 16 edition of the Columbian contains one of the most ignorant articles I have ever seen in their pages, In our view Dec. 16: Flawed System, addressing the Electoral College system set up by our founding fathers long ago.

Even though their favored candidate won both the popular vote and the Electoral vote, which has happened all but 4 times in over 200 years, the Columbian publishes a opinion that the Electoral College should be abolished and instead, we rely solely on the popular vote.

What folly!

In the article, they state,

The Electoral College made sense when the nation’s Founding Fathers designed it to make sure large population centers would not run roughshod over more sparsely populated areas.”

Does it escape the Columbian’s writers and editors that the majority of our over 300 million population continue to reside in just a few states?

We saw in 2004 how just one county swung the governor’s race over the wishes of many of the rest of the counties. Would we desire to see that nationwide on a regular basis?

Equally as ignorant is,

Perhaps the worst part of the Electoral College is that it violates democratic principles of equal votes and equal representation.”

Is it a “Democratic Principle” that the heaviest populated states decide the presidency while lesser-populated states receive no voice in the presidential selection?

In their condemnation of the Electoral system, they craftily avoid the why of the founding fathers setting it up. Some of the perils of going to strictly a popular vote can be seen here.

More information can be found at Electoral College, the most informative section on the whys at page 3.

The 2000 election of George W. Bush over Al Gore is described here, explaining just how and why it works this way, as designed. The previous three times the Electoral Vote was in disagreement with the popular vote is well explained here.

The Electoral College was actually a compromise on how to select our president, popular vote or congressional vote. Popular vote only very likely could result in a president popular only to one region of the country, that region being the one with the heaviest population. Middle America would be ignored and cast aside during campaigning, candidates vying only in the heaviest populated states.

The Electoral College is a brilliant idea set up long ago that has served the country well. The dismay expressed by the left since 2000 over it just shows they never actually looked into it and instead, fall back on knee jerk reactions.

One would think that Clark County’s main source of news would have done their homework before jumping on this and going off half-baked. But, that might require breaking out of the groupthink of the left.

I am left believing that had the 2000 election results been reversed and the Democrat had won the Electoral Vote while the Republican had won the national popular vote, we would not be hearing any calls for abolishing the Electoral College, but would be hearing how marvelous it is and that it works well.

Little wonder they are facing bankruptcy when they won’t even do their homework on such an important and brilliant faction of our election process.

4 Responses to “The Columbian’s Ignorance About The Electoral College”

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