By: Michael D. Jacobsen
As of late, there has been a lot of discussion about how we should elect our President. There is a growing divide between people who think our President should be decided by a simple majority vote, and those who support the system of the Electoral College.
This has been going back and forth since George Bush defeated Al Gore in the 2000 election. While Gore won the Popular Vote by slightly over a half million votes, he lost in the Electoral Race, and thus the Presidency went to Bush. This was actually the fourth of five times the winning President lost the popular election. However, this was one of the first times that most American citizens did not understand why it happened, or just how important the Electoral College is.
The sad reason for this is because of our education system. Kids are no longer taught why our Founding Fathers created mechanisms to protect our Republic. This leaves it open to be destroyed by people who take advantage of the ignorance of our youth. Taking advantage of ignorance is exactly how our Republic will die.
People do not understand that the Electoral College was set down in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress, and election of the President by a popular vote of what is considered “qualified citizens”. These “qualified citizens” are meant to represent their respective areas and, all together, the country as a whole. To the surprise of many, our nation still has a lot of wide open terrain that is sparsely populated. This might not seem important to some, but it is an important detail to note. People living in remote areas do not live by the same circumstances and rules as those who live in major cities. If we alter our government to only cater to those who live in big cities, all others are left out. This is not what our Founding Fathers wanted when they created our Constitutional Republic. Our government was meant to support and protect people all across our country, not just in a select few areas.
While this idea should be pretty well known and understood, it is sad to note that 13 states have chosen to ignore the Electoral College, and give their votes to whomever wins the Popular Vote. States that have agreed to do this are ignoring the desires of their own citizens. These laws ignore the Popular Vote of each state, and instead award all Electoral College votes to the winner of the National Vote. This allows the entire nation to dictate the outcome over the will of the people in these states, rather than let those states decide for themselves. This is not what our Founding Fathers intended.
The idea that we should follow the Popular Election has its origins in the liberal mindset. In many of the larger cities, support for the Democrats is large. It is not surprising that this is being used as a way to help ensure that Democrats can use well-populated areas of support which are small in size as a way to win the National Election. The idea of preserving the ideals of the Founding Fathers does not matter in light of political power. Those seeking political power will do anything, including destroying our Constitutional Republic, to gain what they want.
Here lies the problem. People no longer understand any of this. Well…some do, but it appears that most do not. This is what modern education brings. It teaches people the general idea of how our country works, but does a terrible job of showing them why it works. This is why the country is in the mess it is currently in. In my opinion, this is by design. If people can be convinced that what is being done is good for them, they will then not be able to stop it, once things have been allowed to happen. While this seems to be being used to allow a Democrat to become President at some point in the future, there is also no reason why this could not be used to elect a popular Republican with ideas that are only important in small sections of the country as well.
While I do not agree with our government controlled educational system, one of the things that should be taught is civics. The only reason to not teach children about how our country works is to undermine how our country works. It is easy to control people by making sure that they do not know what they are losing. Ignorance may be bliss, in certain cases, but in this one it is very dangerous.
If we focus on only the needs of people in large cities, it will destroy the reason why the Electoral College was made. Our government has to consider the needs of every citizen, regardless of population density. If we do not do so, our Constitutional Republic will die, and our country will turn into a pure democracy, which actually means “mob rule”. This is neither a good idea, nor what our Founding Fathers intended.
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