Why has the Left been Attacking the Electoral College?
Ever since Trump beat Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, the uber left has been attacking the Presidential Electoral College. Their main argument is that Clinton won the popular vote and Trump won the electoral vote and in a “democracy,” the popular vote should count.
Of course, this misses the point:
- America is not a democracy.
- It’s a Constitutional Republic formed by a group of “Free and Independent States” (see The Declaration of Independence) that joined together for the common good.
Plus, the uber left are upset they didn’t win. The Electoral College must be wrong, not Clinton, not the Democratic Party, not their leftist policies, and not the fact that most Americans believed during the election America was “off track.”
Attacking the Electoral College is also part of the left’s attempt to delegitimize Trump and his future administration.
How has the Left been Attacking the Electoral College?
The left wing attacks have followed several different strategies:
- Demanded frivolous recounts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin because if the left could change those results, Clinton would win in the Electoral College.
- Jill Stein in essence tried to argue that the machines in these States could be tampered with, and the courts should verify the election results.
- Note that Jill Stein didn’t make any special demands on New Hampshire where the results were within less than 1/2 of one percent.
- Claimed the Russians have hacked our election, despite any hard evidence. Pointed to a questionable CIA report that seemed to be at odds with the FBI’s analysis.
- Pushed for an intelligence briefing for presidential electors on the possibility of a Russian intervention in our presidential election. Some have raised the question whether the CIA has been politicized this year.
- Attacked Republican presidential electors with death threats and intimidation to not vote for Trump.
- Then, attacked the Electoral College itself. Demanded Electoral College should be abolished.
How the Electoral College Works?
Here are some of the main features of the Electoral College:
- Meets on Monday, December 19, 2016.
- Each State and the D.C. has a slate of presidential electors, elected by the voters in their respective States and the D. C.
- Note that each presidential candidate in each State and the D. C. puts up their own slate of presidential electors.
- The respective slate of presidential electors pledged to the winning presidential candidate in each State (the presidential candidate who gets the most popular vote), has their slate of electors “elected” to the Presidential Electoral College.
- Presidential Electors meet in the respective State Capitals on December 19, 2016.
- The votes are tallied in each State Capital and the results are sealed and transported by armed guard to the President of the Senate in Washington, D. C.
- Note that counting the electoral votes is one of only two jobs that the Vice President has in the Constitution.
- The Vice President acts as President of the Senate and counts electoral votes.
- The Vice President becomes President if the President dies or becomes incapacitated.
Some other interesting facts about the Electoral College:
- Members of the House and Senate can NOT be members of the Electoral College. It’s part of the separation of powers among the three branches of government.
- A State gets two presidential electors, just like it gets two Senators.
- A State gets one presidential elector for each Congressional District, but normally awarded winner-take-all. Maine and Nebraska are the two exceptions.
- The Electoral College can not vote for a president and vice president from the same State. This is meant to help keep any one State from getting too powerful.
- Presidential electors meet in their respective State Capitals to avoid collusion and intrigue by meeting all together. Another safeguard built-in by the Founding Fathers.
Why We Should Keep the Electoral College?
Here are a few good reasons:
- The Electoral College is a brilliant system the gives all States, even small States, a voice in the selection of the president and vice president.
- Otherwise, a few big States or a dozen big cities might pick every president and vice president.
- In the event of a close popular vote election like 2000 and 2016, we might face endless recounts and no election conclusion for months. Lawsuits across the country might tie up the country.
- The Electoral College will more likely give us a definitive winner in about 24 hours.
Will the Electoral College Survive?
Yes! It works and it’s brilliant. Plus, the left and their Democratic Party are now a minority party. They don’t have the political power to eliminate the Electoral College.
Special note to those who want a Constitutional Convention. Some leftists have indicated they now favor a Constitutional Convention in order to eliminate the Electoral College.
For More Information on This Year’s Presidential Election and the Presidential Transition
Please read my book Great News for America. In it, I correctly predicted 2016 would be an historic and critical presidential election that would usher in a new American Constitutional Era, the Conservative Era. All together, I made ten surprising predictions most of which have already come true or will probably come true. In it, I also discuss the Presidential Transition and what the new president will likely do after the Inauguration.
It’s available in a print edition from Amazon and other book sellers. It’s also available on Kindle and other e-book devices.