Democrats are finally making their big move to start the beginnings of a conversation on the Electoral College.
Senate Democrat leadership is expected to introduce a new constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College today.
Sparking the Conversation
Ever since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote, Democrats have been crying they want to change the Electoral College.
Talk of eliminating the Electoral College has grown louder now that virtually every Democrat presidential candidate has supported the measure.
At this point, Democrats know this measure has no chance of making it through (it would need a two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate as well as being ratified in 38 states), but they want to get the conversation started so eventually, they can make a serious run at changing the Constitution.
Democrats are not even close to having those numbers, but it is clearly showing Americans to what measure the party will go to make sure they never lose power again.
Why Does It Even Matter?
The Electoral College was put in place for one very specific reason… Democracy terrified our Framers and Founders.
Straight democracy is something that can be easily manipulated, even more so today than two centuries ago.
The Electoral College was specifically put in to prevent one group (what James Madison called “factions”) from manipulating the system and preventing smaller states from having an actual voice.
Madison treated this problem as though it were a disease, stating, “A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promised the cure for which we are speaking.”
The system that is currently in place ensures every state, no matter how big or how small, is properly represented in our federal elections.
If this system were not in place, presidential candidates would only be worried about a handful of states.
If they could win New York, California, and just a handful of mid-ranking states, the candidate could easily walk away with the election.
It is that very possible scenario that worried the likes of Madison and Hamilton, so we have the electoral college… and it has worked just fine for 200 years.
Surely, that will not be how the Democrats will describe it, though.
The entire process will somehow be manipulated to portray a single voice is not important or it is the Republican way to protect themselves.
They will use the fact most Americans don’t have a clue about the Electoral College and fool them into thinking tearing off a piece of the Constitution is a good thing.
It won’t happen now, it may not even happen for the next decade, but you can bet Democrats will keep at this long enough to eventually get the crack in the Constitution they need to shred it completely.
After all, if our Founders and Framers got this wrong, they probably got this wrong as well, and there goes the Second Amendment.
Today’s politicians are painfully unaware we are not a Democracy but rather a Democratic Republic.
The sooner they realize that, they will not take the issue of removing the Electoral College so casually, because its existence is at the core of the creation of our country’s ideology.
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