Thursday, August 24, 2017

Do We Need Another Reason to Abolish the Electoral College?

A strong argument could be made that Donald Trump and George W. Bush are the worst presidents in US history. Both lost the popular vote yet became president by winning the Electoral College vote.

The reasons the founders created the Electoral College no longer exist. The president and vice president are the only elected representatives in the US who are not elected by a popular vote. If the Electoral College had any justification, senators, House members, governors, state legislators and other elected representatives would be chosen through a similar mechanism.

The Electoral College is undemocratic. It still exists because it’s advantageous to the Republican Party. Abolishing the Electoral College would require a Constitutional amendment. To become part of the Constitution, an amendment requires ratification by three-quarters (38) of state legislatures or by three-quarters of state ratifying conventions. As long as Republicans control both the federal Congress and most state legislatures, we’ll have the Electoral College.

Trump has been called a demagogue, a bully, a buffoon, a creep, a misogynist, a bigot and many other unflattering things. He’s been described as ignorant, egotistical, divisive, reckless, childish, uncaring, vain and in many other derogatory terms.

Trump is a grave danger to the United States of America. The Electoral College made him president, and as long as it exists there will be more like him.