Oh, the bad, bad, wicked, evil, undemocratic, bad, evil, wicked, anti-democratic, bad Electoral College!
Let's (again) look at why the Electoral College exists in the first damned place, and without the recent bullshit about how it was done for racist or pro-slavery reasons (it wasn't, and those who have said that it was are spinning a line because they want their damned queen to be installed in the White House). I mean, after all, those who think they want to abolish the thing really ought to be aware of the reasons it exists in the first place.
And too often, those who have been calling for the abolition of the Electoral College are significantly less well-read in the fields of Political Philosophy and History than those who drafted the Constitution. How many of you have read Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Cicero, Tacitus, Juvenal, Machiavelli, Genovesi, Voltaire, Hume, Hobbes, Bayle, Diderot, Kant, Seneca, and Plutarch? Plato? Aristotle? Zeno? How about Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton? Paine? Franklin? How much do you know about the way the government of the Roman Republic was set up, how it worked, how it changed over time to the beginning of the Empire? What do you know of the government of Classical Athens? I'll wager that most of you are not familiar with even half of these things. And you think you are better suited to decide on how our government should be set up than the Founders, who knew all of these authors and all of this history and political philosophy, rather thoroughly? They were concerned and serious about trying to establish something better than anything which had existed before, but you guys FEEL like it's "bad," because poor little Hillary didn't get to be "the First Woman President" and you FEEL afraid of da big bad Twump. Isn't thinking that you are better suited to do that than the Founders were (based on your FEELS instead of any actual STUDY of how governments have worked -- and failed -- in the past, how this government was set up and why, the thoughts of the Enlightenment thinkers and the Philosophers and Historians of the Classical World) a bit presumptuous? Just a little bit, maybe?
Let's see here, then, ... Ah, here we go, a bit of a summary. Here's an excerpt:
The reason that the Constitution calls for this extra layer, rather than just providing for the direct election of the president, is that most of the nation’s founders were actually rather afraid of democracy. James Madison worried about what he called “factions,” which he defined as groups of citizens who have a common interest in some proposal that would either violate the rights of other citizens or would harm the nation as a whole. Madison’s fear – which Alexis de Tocqueville later dubbed “the tyranny of the majority” – was that a faction could grow to encompass more than 50 percent of the population, at which point it could “sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens.” Madison has a solution for tyranny of the majority: “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.”You can read it all here: The Reason for the Electoral College
What else do we have? Oh, right. Federalist Papers, Number 10, by James Madison, to which I have already referred some of you:
The Federalist Papers, No. 10
I think some of you didn't read it. Perhaps you thought it too tedious, or maybe the language was too dated. So here's a summary and analysis.
If that's still "too long" for you, then you really shouldn't even be trying to tell anyone else a damned thing about the Electoral College, but here's a Cliffs Notes version.
We also have Federalist Papers, Number 68, in which Alexander Hamilton gives his reasons for wanting the Electoral College:
The Federalist Papers, No. 68
Again, though, maybe you find that too tedious (it's considerably more brief than Number 10, however), or think the language is too dated, so here's another summary and analysis, for Number 68.
Cliffs Notes version? Got that, too (although, really, wow).
Here's something else:
Federalist No.68 vs. Antifederalist No. 72: The Debate over How to Elect the President
And another tasty morsel:
Why the Electoral College Exists (and Isn't Going Anywhere Soon)
The title of the post (and the subtitle, this time) comes from Star Trek (The Original Series), Season 2, episode 23; episode 52 overall; production code 54.
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