The Electoral College Versus Direct Elections

The Electoral College Versus Direct Elections

The Electoral College Versus Direct Elections

The Left has decided that the Electoral College must go. This morning, Jammelle Bouie has a column in the New York Times titled “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Understands Democracy Better Than Republicans Do”. Say what? His subtitle gives us the answer: “The idea that proponents of greater electoral equity have to quiet down because we live in a ‘republic’ is absurd.” I love living in a Republic. What’s Jammelle got against it?

He starts off his article by quoting a Twitter skirmish between Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Dan Crenshaw:

In a brief series of tweets, Ocasio-Cortez made the case against the Electoral College and argued for a national popular vote to choose the president. “Every vote should be = in America, no matter who you are or where you come from,” she wrote. “The right thing to do is establish a Popular Vote. & GOP will do everything they can to fight it.”

Crenshaw, who has sparred with Ocasio-Cortez before, jumped in with a response: “Abolishing the Electoral College means that politicians will only campaign in (and listen to) urban areas. That is not a representative democracy.” And then he said it: “We live in a republic, which means 51% of the population doesn’t get to boss around the other 49%.”

Bouie claims that there is no way that a candidate could win without building city and country coalitions. The Washington Post published an interesting piece on the 2016 electoral map that mostly puts paid to that argument. What areas of Alabama, Tennessee or Kentucky would a Democrat candidate campaign in? Why waste precious campaign dollars on people who cling to guns and God?

Just so you know who Jammelle Bouie is, here are some of his thoughts about those of us with an “R” behind our name:

Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, he wrote an article for Slate arguing that there was “no such thing as a good Trump voter.” Several days earlier, he compared Trump voters to the “angry, recalcitrant whites” who pushed back during Reconstruction era after the Civil War.

We recalcitrant-types must be stopped.

Bouie also claims that for the Founding Fathers ““democracy” did not mean majority rule in a system of representation.” He claims that the idea that our country is a Republic and not a Democracy came from a 1940 article by a Franklin Roosevelt opponent:

One Roosevelt opponent, for example — Boake Carter, a newspaper columnist who supported the America First Committee (which opposed American entry into World War II) — wrote a column in October 1940 called “A Republic Not a Democracy,” in which he strongly rebuked the president for using the word “democracy” to describe the country. “The United States was never a democracy, isn’t a democracy, and I hope it will never be a democracy,” Carter wrote.

Since Jammelle Bouie clearly hates my type (Trump voter) and AOC is not a Constitutional scholar, I don’t give any credence to what they think. Representative Dan Crenshaw has put his life on the line and given an eye for our country. I have more faith in Crenshaw.

While the electoral college is not mentioned in the Constitution, the electors are mentioned. The Democrats who want direct elections would have to change the Constitution or circumvent it to get their desired outcome.

Here is a video on the importance of the Electoral College:

Me, I am going to stick with my least favorite Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. From the Constitution Center.org:

There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.” The brevity of that response should not cause us to under-value its essential meaning: democratic republics are not merely founded upon the consent of the people, they are also absolutely dependent upon the active and informed involvement of the people for their continued good health.

And, I will fight to my last breath against AOC and Jamelle Bouie to keep our Republic.

Photo Credit: “Architect of the Capitol.”Public Domain

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16 Comments
  • Scott says:

    Good post Toni, though i have to ask, why is Franklin your least favorite?

  • GWB says:

    The basic problem is these folks want a giant, centralized, national gov’t. And that is precisely what our Founders did NOT build!

    Don’t let them get away with that sleight of hand rhetoric. Remind folks that the States are sovereign, before we ever get to a national union.

    And, remind them, that if they wish to change that, then they need to pull together a Constitutional Convention. Otherwise, they need to shut up about it being “racist” or “unfair” or whatever other bullhockey they’re using to try and libel our country and its founders.

  • GWB says:

    And, BTW, “republic” has more meaning than simply “representative gov’t”. It primarily means a nation made up of other independent nations (also called “states”*). So, use that to smack these idiots over the head. Please.

    (And I’m with Scott; why is Ol’ Ben your least favorite?)

  • Paladin says:

    Be Afraid. The powers the Left craves has set us on a course for irreconcilable conflict. A reckoning. One side loses. One side wins. No middle ground.

  • The elimination of the Electoral College would be the the beginning of the end of the United States. The statement about the urban areas controlling the elections is partially right. It is the coastal densely populated areas that will control the outcomes of our elections. Add the few large urban areas within the nation and you are guaranteed to win if you can garner their votes. These areas have two things in common. One is the high degree of government controls and regulations. The second is unionization of the labor force. Unions are less of a problem in the labor aspect but they are convenient sources of political activists who once promised goodies by a political candidate will do whatever is necessary to deliver the votes ot their fellow workers and their families. Remember government workers at the higher than local levels are generally unionized in some manner or another.

  • Charles N. Steele says:

    California and Chicago together can come up with more Democrat votes than there are registered voters in the U.S. Maybe that’s not literally true, but with ballot harvesting, alien voting, multiple voting, voting by nonexistent people, and dishonest counting they can rack up an awful lot of votes in their fiefdoms. NPV makes it easier to cheat, easier to steal an election.

    Dems are also trying to keep President Trump off the ballot in CA. They have MSM campaigning for them, and Silicon Valley preparing to silence their opponents and spread disinformation. They are pulling out all stops to subvert 2020.

    I think “be afraid” is not good advice, I prefer “be ready.” But I think P is right; zero sum conflict ahead, and we must defeat the left.

  • John C. says:

    L.A. County, with its population of over 10 million as of the middle of last year, has more people than any of the following: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai’i, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming. It has 18 Congressional Districts, which gives it more Electoral votes than any of the states except California itself, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Texas. There is a reason they want to go to a national popular vote.

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  • Mark Gist says:

    The original form of the Pledge of Allegiance as written in 1892: I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

    So our country was being called a republic when FDR was 10 years old.

  • Harlan says:

    “The Left has decided that the Electoral College must go.”

    Anything the left doesn’t like must go, inc. Republicans, FOX News, Christianity and etc., etc. etc.

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