“This is about right. Liberals who for the life of them cannot figure out why we have an electoral college system in place to elect our President are trying to find a way to get our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves. OK, Liberals back to the class room! Why do we not elect the President solely on the Popular vote? (1) Alexander Hamilton' famous quote... The "masses are asses"! (2) That a few states with large populations would overwhelm states with smaller populations. It's an effort to prevent a Tyranny of the Majority over the Minority, on the National level.All of which is very interesting but exceedingly shallow. It not only ignores what the original intent of the “Founding Fathers” really was, but also ignores that the original system was flawed and had to be adjusted by the 12th Amendment to the Constitution. And even if our current system did work exactly as the founders intended--which it does not--why shouldn’t we as a nation strive to make the system even better? This particular reactionary blogger dismisses the effort to improve the system as the work of “Liberals” but I think it is he who needs the history lesson. Furthermore, he objects to the law “throwing away the vote of the people” although, as I pointed out in a comment left on his blog, exactly the opposite would happen. The movement that Maryland has joined would shift power away from the “electors” and back to the people, since the state popular vote would be aggregated with the popular votes in other states.
This makes sense especially in light of the "Great Compromise" which gave us the current make up of Congress and it's (sic) representation in the House of Representatives and Senate. . . . Therein lay the protection that the smaller states needed to see that their interests would be protected. This system has worked for over 200 years.
The same can be said for the Electoral College System, which again weighs in favor of the states, because as was played out in the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Sen. Al Gore. Gore won the popular vote, but lost in the electoral College, as Florida was declared for Bush. . . . I look forward to the day when Liberals appreciate our Founding Fathers intent, and quit tinkering with a system that has served us well, just because they lost an election.”
So the new system is worth considering and discussing, instead of being dismissed without examination, and I propose to do that by reviewing a recent book on the subject, Taming the Electoral College, by Robert W. Bennett, a law professor at Northwestern University. It’s a complicated discussion so I propose to do it in several parts. Please stay tuned.
Next: History Lesson