Monday, October 15, 2007
Comtemplative reader freedom2learn asks, "does anyone care to give their thoughts on the electoral college - reform - eliminate - leave it as is???".
Since the 2000 election, disgruntled democrats have been attempting to circumvent the Constitution(since they can't get elected with it) by eliminating the electoral college, so presidents would be elected by simple majority. Here're my thoughts on that: The electoral college exists as a way of forcing the candidates to pay at least marginal attention to smaller, less consequential states. Otherwise, the candidates would only campaign in California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and maybe Ohio and Michigan because those are the most densely populated states. Notice anything coincidental about those states that might explain democrat's desire to be rid of the troublesome electoral college? Those very populated states are where the labor unions and fruity liberal base primarily reside. In additon, without the electoral college, democrat candidates could concentrate their efforts on the population centers, places where there tend to be large blocks of hand-out, dependency-driven voters. Look at the 2004 presidential election results map and see where the blue counties lie, unless you live there, good luck seeing a democrat campaigning in your area. The electoral college forces candidates to appeal to as many voters as possible....that makes it a good system. Perhaps it could be tweeked in some way but to abandon it altogether would be disastrous for the country.