The President and Vice President of the United States are NOT chosen by a nationwide popular vote of the American people rather, they are chosen by 538 electors. This process is spelled out in the U.S. Constitution. Why didn’t the Founders just make it easy and let the presidential candidate with the most votes claim victory? Why did they create and why do we continue to need this Electoral College? The answer is critical in not only understanding the Electoral College, but also America.
The Founders had no intention of creating a pure majority-rule democracy. They knew from careful study of history what most have forgotten today or never learned: Pure democracies DO NOT WORK. They implode. (pure democracy is a logical and effective system for governing small organizations, experience shows it ill-suited for managing large groups. The framers of the US Constitution considered the alternative of pure democracy, but rejected it Instead, based on a thorough study of history, they concluded that a republic, where representatives elected by voters make laws, was a more stable, just and democratic system) Democracy has been colorfully described as two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner. In a pure democracy bare majorities can easily tyrannize the rest of the country. The Founders wanted to avoid this at all cost. That’s why we have 3 branches of government: Executive, Judicial and Legislative. It’s why each state has two Senators no matter the population, but also different numbers of Representatives based entirely on population. It’s why it takes a super-majority in Congress and 3/4 of the states to change the Constitution and it’s why we have the Electoral College. (Part One)
Next week Part Two: How the Electoral College Works
Bible study every Tuesday night from 7-8 p.m. at the Verdi Community Center. Lesson this week: The Importance of Prayer
Word for the week: “You can measure a man by the opposition it takes to discourage him.” – Robert C. Savage
My time is up and I thank you for yours.
TTFN (ta ta for now),