Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Why an Electoral College


Much ado is being made on the left that Clinton has won the popular vote 64.863 million to 62.507 million.  But...we are a Republic not a Democracy, take a look at the map above, Clinton also only won 20 of 50 states. Throw in the other candidates votes and in actuality 69.829 million people didn't vote for Clinton.

There is a reason we are not a pure democracy, from Federalist Paper 10 by James Madison:

From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert result from the form of government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths...

A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking. 
         Federalist 10. 

Clinton won the Northeast Megalopolis (Washington Boston Corridor) and the Western Megalopolis (Los Angeles to Seattle Corridor), Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico went Clinton predominately by virtue of Chicago, Denver, and Albuquerque.

Nevada is even stranger... having gone to Clinton when she won only 2 of 17 counties in the state.  Clark County (Las Vegas) and Washoe County (Reno) MAP

The electoral college has functioned exactly as it was intended to function, to diminish the effect of a majority faction, in this case the predominately urban faction as illustrated in the map above. 
Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an elector.   

For those of you that wish to abolish the electoral college, keep in mind that it requires an amendment to the constitution approved by 38 of the states.  That means, you need to convince 18 of those red states above to consent to be ruled by New York and Los Angeles.

Have fun. 

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