Another bad idea
From the land of dumb ideas come a really dumb idea.
Frothing House Democrats stung by 2016’s presidential defeat and yearning to turn this nation into a pure democracy – something loathed and feared by the Founders – have introduced legislation to kill off the Electoral College.
Nancy Pelosi had hardly stumbled through her speaker acceptance speech when Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., jumped up to offer a bill that would be a first step toward sinking this country into tyranny.
The Electoral College, ensconced in the U.S. Constitution, primarily was meant to protect the political minority’s rights and it hands states the power to elect presidents. Nowadays, it means protecting most of the nation’s states – including Alaska – from the hysterical excesses and whims of a few states with huge populations clustered in cities.
If the Electoral College were eliminated by eventual ratification of a constitutional amendment, as would be required, voters in Alaska and other states with small populations could just stay home on election day. The Founders designed the college to force presidential candidates to appeal to a wider swath of states to reach the magic 270 votes needed to win.
Liberals will tell you a president should be elected by a popular vote; that the Electoral College is obsolete; that Americans really, really, really want a pure democracy. Hogwash. Tyranny of the majority is still tyranny.
There are several reasons why Cohen’s legislation is bad. The college gives small states a voice in the electoral process. It helps to preserve federalism and our republic’s representative democracy.
The problem with Congress today is that there are no Hamiltons, no Jeffersons, no Madisons looking out for the people’s interests. Instead, we get politicians interested only in getting and clinging to power at the expense of our founding documents. Cohen’s legislation is case in point. Just another dumb idea from the land of dumb ideas.
Luckily, this one is not likely to go anyplace. Thirty-nine states would have to ratify any amendment and give up their power to elect presidents.
That ain’t likely.