It’s a shame how many of today’s most “educated” lack a real understanding of the genius of the Electoral College, and moreover that they actually are now fighting actively against it.
Yet in spite of their ignorance of the breadth of protections created for us by the EC, and combined with the confusion they gleefully create by their dangerous misrepresentations, yet there are still miles of brilliant threads that weave together by it that create the enduring envelope of protection that has sustained us thus far. Simply, our system has proved itself brilliant, providing the best solution for governance that our constitutional republic requires, and there is no equal to it anywhere on Earth.
Absent a population where only and exactly 100 percent of all legal voters cast a legal and objective vote in each and every election, we are thus blessed to be protected by the wise and enduring provision of the Electoral College, which by its very existence provides an additional realm of checks and balances for us. This is essential to counter any polarity aimed against our common good.
Perfect? No, because among other things, a state’s elector can in some cases still refuse to cast their ballot as the electorate entrusted them to, but rarely can that occur without remedy anyway. Moreover, and subject to reasonable and measured adjustment only by constitutional amendment, the EC so far has been unmoved by any riotous fringe since its adoption. Better than any “popular vote” could achieve and since all do not always vote, the Electoral College balances the entire citizenry with equal scales and without bias: Equity for a single nation of 50 separate but united states and her territories — regardless of ZIP code, pedigree, political party, or the control of others.
But today’s haters and most critics of the Electoral College system will indeed say that its chief “fault” is that a president can be elected without winning a majority of the “popular” vote. Yet how painfully ignorant and unwise the “smart” minority of today really are ... because among other things, what they fail to tell you is that in fact a president with a minority of the popular vote has won the Electoral College vote 15 times in U.S. history, most recently in 1992 and 1996, when Clinton won only 43 percent and 49 percent of the popular vote respectively.
I’m all for a healthy debate and reasonable exchange of ideas in the public square if it may push us to greater excellence for our future. However, I’m not for the hijacking of the most excellent and wise principles of our bedrock ideals, simply because the rage of a select few chooses lunacy rooted in their continued refusal to accept the results of an election ... still.