This article by Tom Curry, a National Affairs Writer for MSNBC, shows just how little he understands what the Founders wanted in a President, and how little he understands about the US Constitution.
Is it time to scrap the Electoral College? is an attempt to mislead and misinform the American people by telling them, incorrectly, how the Constitution outlines electing the President. Yes, Mr. Curry sites Article II Section 1, but states that “All but two states (Maine and Nebraska) use the winner-take-all system. This means that the candidate who gets the most popular votes in a state gets all of its electoral votes.” This is misleading and false.
US Constitution, Section II Article 1, Clause 2 states “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.” As was discussed earlier, it is true that 26 States and the District of Columbia have passed legislation that their electors in the Electoral College must cast their ballots for the state wide popular vote winner.
Yet, 24 States’ electors can cast their ballots for the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate of their choice. While it is traditional that electors in these States generally follow the popular vote, they do not have to. Most recently we were reminded of this in 2000, when Man-Bear-Pig won the popular vote, but W received the Electoral College vote.
And regardless of your opinion of Bush’s second term, I’m glad that Man-Bear-Pig wasn’t in the Oval Office on 9/11.
So, Mr. Curry, and all of the other liberals who are trying to destroy our Constitution and our Country, please learn your history. The Founders knew that the President should not be the winner of a popularity contest. He is supposed to be an administrator, who can balance a budget, protect the interests of the American people by signing/vetoing laws that fit the needs of the people, and fighting against Congress and the Courts to maintain a balance of power. Yet, we are seeing this election cycle a result of why national popularity is not the proper judge of who is best able to lead this nation. Hillary Clinton is vastly more qualified than Barack Obama, yet he somehow proved to be more popular. Probably because he’s black and she’s a woman; all of you bigoted Democrats.
And please don’t feed me this line that America is a Democracy. That, also, is a falsehood. America is a Democratic Republic, or in other words a Republic based on Democratic Principles.
This means that you give up certain political freedoms and powers, by handing the decision making process over to others, those who are, hopefully, more qualified than the people as a whole.
Historically the major Party National Committees were in charge of selecting their candidate to put forth to the people, and more importantly their electors, for their vote. However, during the 1950’s we saw the modern Primary system more fully emerge, with the Democratic National Committee leading the charge. And the popularity contest began.
At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powel anxiously awaited the results, and as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished, asked him directly: “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic if you can keep it” responded Franklin.
I believe, my friends, that we are losing it. Mr. Curry and your liberal, Constitution hating friends, please go read the Constitution and stop trying to destroy this Republic and turn it into a Democracy.