When Hillary lost the election the Dems figured out that, with all the major urban centers voting deep blue, they could have won the presidential election if were not for the Electoral College. Conveniently ignoring the fact the Electoral College was put in place to prevent rule by the population centers. [love this related bit of satire by the Babylon Bee: Political Institution Specifically Designed To Guard Against Angry Mobs Draws Ire Of Angry Mobs]
With decades of little or very poor civics education, many younger voters don’t appreciate the difference between a democracy and a federal republic. Mike Maharrey over at the Tenth Amendment Center has put up a nice educational post that you can share with people who never learned the reasoning behind the Electoral College. Topics covered include:
- The history behind the creation of the Electoral College
- What the founders considered – and rejected – at the Philadelphia convention in 1787
- Concerns that people like George Mason and Charles Pinckney had about a popular vote
- How it works in practice today
- How opponents get it all wrong
Since doing away with the Electoral College would require an amendment to the Constitution, the approach the Dems are currently pushing is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Should a state decide to choose to select their electors by using the populate vote of their state that doesn’t seem to present a problem. However, if a state decides to select their panel of electors by the result of the national Presidential vote, then voters in the smaller states will be disenfranchised. Creating an agreement among a group states as a “compact” is extra-constitutional and will surely be challenged.
Article 1, section 10 of the Constitution:
“No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.”
Despite all the posturing about the importance of the popular vote, just watch Elizabeth Warren, Beto and all the other Democrats reverse their positions when Trump wins the popular vote in 2020.