I was not surprised to see an opinion column in the Sunday News-Post advocating the abolishment of the Electoral College, nor was I surprised to see that it was written by Jonathan Bernstein.
Mr. Bernstein is a leftist political commentator who postulates the benefits of lowering the voting age requirement to birth. He now supports abolishing the Electoral College because at present, it would be advantageous to the Democrat party. Mr. Bernstein, to my best recollection, expressed no such advocacy when Bill Clinton won the presidential election (twice) with less than the majority vote.
There are important and practical reasons why we should keep the Electoral College. First is the question of legitimacy. Under this system, the person who receives the Electoral College majority earns the right to represent the American people. A popular vote system could not ensure that any candidate would win a popular majority. Under a pure popular vote system, where any candidate just needed a plurality of votes, we would end up with a crowded field of candidates. We would have the Green Party, the LGBT Party, the Nazi Party, the Socialist Party, the Communist Party, etc., etc., all hoping their party would win a plurality of votes. We would have to adopt a parliamentary system where the party with the most votes has to form a coalition government.
Our constitutional form of government gives us a House of Representatives based on the popular vote of each state. This gives the smaller states a disadvantage, but it also gives us a Senate guaranteeing equal representation with the large states. The Electoral College is simply the total representation of the House and Senate. The system gives the smaller states importance in the election of the president of the United States.
The Electoral College is one of the more ingenious ideas of our founders, and its importance goes deeper than what I have outlined here. I would advise all Americans to learn more about it before they accept the arguments of people like Jonathan Bernstein whose ultimate motive is to promote the Democrat party.
Bernard L. Morningstar