Ben Franklin said, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.” Thanks to government education, most people today believe that America is a “democracy.” But we’re not a democracy. We’re not “mob-ruled” as much as many would like us to be. Our country was founded to be ruled by law through representatives, which makes us a Constitutional Republic.
This form of representation is not only manifested in the way our government is structured, but also in the way that we elect our presidents. The delegate process and the Electoral College are both forms of representation for voters. Liberals don’t like the Electoral College mainly because Al Gore lost the 2000 election because of it. Not surprisingly, Al Gore and other liberals are calling for the eradication of the Electoral College.
This coming November, when we all go to the polls to vote in the general election, we’ll all pick a candidate. But, when we vote, we’re not actually voting for that candidate. We’re voting for the elector that represents that candidate. Different states have different processes for choosing electors, but most of them are chosen at the respective party state conventions.
The number of electors is based on the number of representatives in each state. For instance, Georgia has 14 congressmen and 2 senators, so the total number of electors is 16. The U.S. has a total of 538 electors that will vote for president and vice president after we vote in the general election in November.
The last time I remember the Electoral College being a big issue was the 2000 presidential election. Al Gore had won the popular vote, but George Bush had won a majority of the electoral votes, and ultimately, the electors are the ones that elect the president. I remember my liberal political science teacher ranting and raving about how we needed to abolish the Electoral College, because he said it was antiquated and also it just wasn’t fair. “How could it be that we end up with someone like Bush when most people voted for Gore?” he asked. But would liberals be as irate if their candidate had benefited from the Electoral College? Probably not.
Recently, in an interview with Current TV, Al Gore stated concerning the Electoral College that people in non-swing states are “written off and ignored, and people are effectively disenfranchised in the presidential race.” He concluded, “I really do now think it is time to change that.” But the Electoral College system is important because it actually prevents densely populated regions from having an unfair advantage over everyone else. It actually gives everybody in the country more fair and equal representation than a direct popular vote would. Al Gore and other liberals would prefer a direct popular vote, but that would mean that a few densely populated cities could theoretically decide the election and “effectively disenfranchise” the rest of the country. And which way do most of the big cities swing? They’re mostly liberal, so getting rid of the Electoral College would mean an unfair advantage over the conservatives. No wonder liberals are in favor of scrapping the system.
The Electoral College is also important from a state’s rights standpoint. It allows the states to choose the next president instead of a few populous cities. The founders knew what they were doing when they had this system incorporated into the voting process. It provides a check and balance to the “mob.” It protects the minority. And I thought the liberals were all about “protecting the minority.”