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In defense of the electoral college

JC Dodge takes the long view:

Tuesday’s election results have given normal people (it’s just like firearms magazines, a 30 round rifle mag is normal capacity not “high” capacity, just like being conservative is normal thinking not “extreme” thinking) some breathing room. How long this “breathing room” will last is anyone’s guess. We are seeing protests and riots across the country based on what the sore losers feel was “their win”.

Facts are funny things. Fact #1, those who are protesting now didn’t seem to have an issue with the “unfair” electoral college till it slapped them in their “collective” (literal and figurative) faces.

Actually, that’s not really so; the Left has been bitching about the electoral college for about as long as I can remember, and no wonder: it’s one of the only things that stands between us and the absolute tyranny they’re so eager to set up. It was one of the Founders’ most brilliant ideas, and it needs to be defended by anyone not interested in having their home state run like New York, Chicago, or LA. Thus:

Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, who lost to George H.W. Bush in 1988, re-upped his call to abolish the Electoral College after Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump on Tuesday.

“Hillary won this election, and when the votes are all counted, by what will likely be more than a million votes. So how come she isn’t going to the White House in January? Because of an anachronistic Electoral College system which should have been abolished 150 years ago,” he wrote Sunday in an email to POLITICO.

Or, more accurately, because of one of the very fundamentals of the system of government bequeathed to us by some of the most prescient statesmen who ever walked the earth. But then, liberals don’t much like the Constitution, either. In truth, they’re not happy with most of the other aspects of the way this nation was set up, and much prefer the Eurosocialist model. So why would anybody expect them to feel any different about the electoral college?

The former Massachusetts governor’s call echoes a sentiment expressed by none other than Trump himself in 2012. When it briefly looked like Mitt Romney had won the popular vote, he tweeted, “The Electoral College is a disaster for a democracy.”

Trump was wrong. Sure, it’s a disaster for democracy—but we aren’t a democracy. We’re a republic, and the electoral college is the lone bulwark that ensures we benighted, racist, xenophobic bigots in less populous states still have a say in our own governance.

Which, y’know, no wonder they don’t like it.

And, during the 2000 recount, Clinton herself called for its abolishment.

“I believe strongly that in democracy we should respect the will of the people, and to me that means it’s time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president,” she said at the time, shortly after her own election to the Senate.

Yeah, well, screw you, and everybody who thinks like you. This ain’t no democracy; it never was, and it was never supposed to be. All of us in flyover country can thank God for that, and hope that it never will be.

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