I posted this graphic on my blog’s Facebook page that shows America’s counties and highlights in blue the ones that contain a 50% of our population. You’ll notice there aren’t that many blue counties across the map. The reason is, obviously, that the counties shown are where America’s cities are. The population of New York City alone is 8.406 million, which is nearly double of the ENTIRE STATE that I live in – South Carolina. Check out the map for yourself…
That is why we have an Electoral College. Right there in black and white or, ya know, gray and blue.. If we didn’t have a system that spread representation out for the entire country then there wouldn’t be any reason for any politician to go listen to Colorado, or Louisiana, or any of the other less populated states above. Why listen to them when you don’t need their vote? It’d be a waste of time to go to Louisiana and, besides, it’s really freaking hot there. Instead, by allotting electoral delegates to the states based on congressional districts, each state has a voice for President. The higher populated states still have more of a say, but not the entirety of it. Pretty cool, right?
Not everyone thinks so. After losing the Electoral College vote but (barely) winning the popular vote, many Hillary Clinton supporters are calling for an end to the Electoral College. For example, I received one response to this graphic from a person in New Hampshire, who I think after voting Clinton needs to re-think the whole ‘Live Free or Die’ thing.
Liberal: “So explain to me why, for the 42% of Iowans for instance who voted blue, their votes essentially don’t count. Or the 47% in Michigan (trump got 48% there). And without the Electoral College, our politicians might have to come up with policies that appeal to a broader constituency – no more safely red states or blue states”
I went on to explain how the Electoral College works and I also pointed out that Iowa does in fact have Democrat politicians who were elected and will represent their constituency. After a morning at work I came up with a couple of additional thoughts for this person.
First, I challenge you to find a single time in the last eight years where you were arguing against the Electoral College and demanding we elect presidents by popular vote. I’d be willing to bet this wasn’t an issue important to you until you lost. Republican voters have lamented for years how favorable the electoral map is for Democrats. It is extremely difficult to win as a Republican in the current political climate. Not ONCE have we ever argued against the Electoral College system and asked for a popular vote – win, lose, or rigged (hehe). Perhaps you really don’t care about our system of representative government. Perhaps you’re just upset that your candidate lost and you’re lashing out at the nearest, most obvious targets instead of doing some self-evaluation and listening to other opinions.
Second, you leftists who worship government and see it as the solution to everything need to find another religion. If you put all of your faith and trust in government, you will get burned in the end. This country has a Constitution for a reason. It wasn’t written during someone’s lunch break like this blog is. It is the manifestation of centuries of human experience and thought regarding the relationship between individual liberty and government. So instead of taking the knee-jerk approach and demanding an end to a two-century old system designed to protect you, the individual, all because you lost an election, maybe take the opportunity to exercise some humility. Maybe learn about the precious document that protects your natural, God-given rights from oppression. Take it down a notch. Or, work hard to get your own candidate across the finish line next time.
One of the biggest reasons I voted for Trump – despite not really liking him personally all that much – was because the Democrat Party continues to insist that the world started the day they assumed power and in order to become a perfect society we need to throw out our history, our institutions, our values, and adopt their fresh, new, bold vision for America that is so good it must be imposed through executive orders and zero bipartisan support. Should you resist this magical agenda, you’re a bigot and a racist and you’re against progress. And you hate women. And you want to steal their birth control. AND you bla bla bla.
Sorry, but we’re none of those things. We believe in liberty for the individual, and the Constitution is on our side. So you can forget about taking it away from us.