Why We Need the Electoral College
By Bret Hrbek
the dust settles, November 7, 2000 will not be remembered as an
historic presidential election but as the day the political career of
Hillary Rodham Clinton was born. The Clintons are like
Dalmatians at the
firehouse; they won't go away. But they aren't as cute.
Within days of her election, Clinton already began to show contempt
very country that she serves by publicly suggesting the abolishment of
Electoral College. Some argue that she advocates the dismantling
uniquely American institution for selfish reasons-she realizes she
elected president through it. I don't necessarily buy that
didn't think the voters of New York would actually pull the levers or
their chads for her either. But they did. And it makes you
group of voters deserve America's disdain more, Floridians or New
But, I do believe the Electoral College was designed to prevent people
Hillary Clinton from eventually sitting in the Oval Office. It
designed, like the rest of the U.S. Constitution, to protect the
rights and liberties from the masses and the natural socialistic,
and repressive tendencies of government.
The Electoral College balances the interests of all areas of the
amplifying the influence of smaller state populations and capping the
dwarfing impact of mega-states that are larger than some countries.
For example, Al Gore won the popular vote. That's not in
dispute. But he
won it in the armpit of America. Gore only won 676 out of 3,112
the United States. And of the counties he did win, where are
they? For the most part, the big cities and the southern borders. Where do we
of our welfare dollars? I think a reasonable guess is....the big
the southern borders. So without the Electoral College these
filled cities would determine who would become the president.
These election results are anecdotal evidence showing us that liberals
how to organize in the cities and they know how to manipulate and
intellectually and physically enslave minorities. George W. Bush
have won the popular voters of Americans, but he did win the popular
America. Bush won counties representing 143 million citizens
while Gore won
counties representing only 127 million citizens.
I raise these points only to demonstrate the continued need for the
of the president by state and not by the popular vote.
Many people have already explained where presidential candidates would
their time without the Electoral College. The liberals would
head to the
cities and southern borders (representing about 500,000 square miles)
the center-right candidates would spend time in the southern states
rural America (representing almost 2.5 million square miles).
ever wondered why liberals want people to move to the city? They
to control them there.)
If you want a real solution to our problems in America do not repeal
Electoral College but repeal the Seventeenth Amendment that provides
direct election of senators. This would restore the
in our political system that protects our individual rights.
I won't defend everything about the original constitution or our
Fathers. Slavery was just as wrong in 1492, 1776, 1789, and 1860
as it is
today. We just acknowledge it now. But, the Founders did
strike a delicate
balance in the government's structure to protect our individual
with three branches of government that represented different agendas,
houses of one branch with different constituencies and a federal
always butting heads with state governments. Talk about
created a small, inefficient government. Ah. Those must
have been the
days. Nothing could get done everyone could sleep at night.
We had the House of Representatives elected by the "people."
(Every time I
hear that I expect to see Eva Peron on the balcony crying for
Can't you see Hillary looking over the Rose Garden from the White
balcony? Where's Andrew Lloyd Webber?) Senators were
elected by the state
legislatures. The judiciary was elected by nobody but appointed
executive and approved by the Senate. And the president was (and
God willing) elected by a hybrid of direct vote and representative
government. Throw in state sovereignty and you make Washington,
hour traffic look like the Indy 500 raceway.
Then in the earlier part of this century our so-called progressive
leadership broke the balance when they cut the states out of the
with the direction election of senators. This is when federalism
replaced with socialism.
Now Senator-elect Clinton and her socialist allies want to do the same
to the presidency.
I don't trust democracies. As oxymoronic as it is, democracies
organized mob-rule. But they are the only political institution
and will support capitalism. With the direct election of
Gallup Polls already has more power than McDonald's or Microsoft or
average small business owner. I can only
how our rights would be trampled with the direct election of the
I shutter to think.
Looking back, maybe Patrick Henry was right to oppose the ratification
the Constitution. Maybe he could see how it might actually
evolve. But I
don't even think he thought it could ever get this bad. I'm sure
greater faith in the American people to stop this constant
our individual rights. And he probably never imagined Americans
someone like Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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