Democracy? What democracy?

Oh, how cute, yet another idiot savant who doesn’t understand our system of government

The purpose and history of the Electoral College conflict with our sense of democracy.

I am tempted to think this is yet another indictment of our education system. People talk about how we live in a democracy, but the fact is that we live in a constitutional republic. And that’s not just nitpicking. The safeguards of a constitutional republic — among others, the Electoral College and the Senate (once upon a time) being elected by the state legislatures — are there for a reason. This was actually pointed out by the writers of this column, and yet they still didn’t highlight the whole thing, delete it and close the document! Which leaves me, for one, with only one conclusion: they don’t care if one constituency’s interests trump all the others. They wouldn’t care, for example, if people in New York, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Francisco swing the vote for a president who would ban civilian gun ownership, leaving all the people shit out of luck in towns where the nearest cop is 15 minutes away.

Does that strike you as fair and equitable?

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3 Responses to “Democracy? What democracy?”

  1. mick Says:

    How is the electoral college related to passing laws? That example seems like a stretch.

  2. mick Says:

    Also, the list of oppressive cities is way too short. Even if you include the greater metropolitan area around each one you listed, it’s less than 15% of the population. You’d need another 20 or 30 cities to join in.

    On the other hand, what if 51% of each of Texas, California, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina and Georgia elected a president? How is that so much better than a list of 30 cities electing one?

  3. mick Says:

    And a link before I stop being so chatty,

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/as-nation-and-parties-change-republicans-are-at-an-electoral-college-disadvantage/?pagewanted=all

    “The problem for Republicans is that in states like [ MO, NC, TN, KY, AR ], they are now winning by such large margins there that their vote is distributed inefficiently in terms of the Electoral College.”

    So although the article was written by a sad liberal in Texas, it may still be in your best interest as a conservative to consider an alternative to the electoral college.

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