In defense of the Electoral College.
Was in a debate today (in real life for once) about the necessity of the Electoral College.
Look... weather you think the majority vote should rule or weather states should have a say, the the Electoral College was in the Constitution for a reason. The Founders put it there specifically because in 1787 the majority of Americans lived in Virginia. None of the states wanted to have one state get the favored position to elect a President over comparatively tiny states like Rhode Island. That was the situation in 1787 and it's true today.
Getting rid of the Electoral College insures that New York, California, and Texas make all the decisions - because that's where a candidate will have to go to get the majority of votes. That's how smaller states get stuck with things like the Yucca Mountain nuclear depository. Without the Electoral College and the 10th Amendment to protect Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Vermont, etc... those states would get the shit kicked out of them.
Look... if you live in California, if you live in New York or Texas getting rid of the Electoral College will probably be pretty nice for you. The other 49 states won't gang up on you and stick you with a strip mine, dump toxic waste up river from you, or gobble up your open grazing land... or build a giant nuclear trash heap under one of your mountains because they put the President in office and you didn't have any say. But if you live in "fly over country" and you want to have a say in your government, you need an electoral college and a 10th Amendment to protect your interest.
"Majority rule" sure sounds nice, until you think about it. I think states like Kansas, Nebraska, Idaho, and New Mexico deserve a real vote for who gets to be President instead of being New York, California and Texas' bitch. Don't you?
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