Instead of arguing for whatever simply works in our favor, esp with little regard of its consequences, let’s start talking about what is actually right for everybody.
The current debate on the electoral college is purely along partisan lines. It’s more about the candidates than about the system. Had the roles been reversed, Trump supporters would be saying exactly what Clinton supporters are saying now, and vice versa.
There is absolutely nothing rational or academic about that. Logic doesn’t depend on whose side you are on. The argument should be based on facts, not the other way around.
Based on the system we have followed for 44 previous Presidents, Donald Trump won, and Hillary Clinton conceded. Yes, Hillary has received over two million individual popular votes than Donald, which shows how seriously flawed our system is. It needs to be fixed. And that doesn’t mean more gerrymandering to make the distribution favor Democrats.
I am for the abolition of the electoral college. Gerrymandering has tainted its neutrality. The mere fact that it can be manipulated along party lines is reason enough to remove the practice.
I propose we keep it simple. One person = one vote. Every person who votes for President counts towards the election of that President. No rounding up or down. No allocating votes by state. 100 votes from a rural agrarian community should count as much as 100 votes from a populous metropolitan. The vote of one poor man should be equal to the vote of one rich woman.
The interests of the community are balanced by the districting of other elected officials, like city council seats, state legislators, and Congressional districts. But for single executive elections, like mayor, governor, or president, every person in that jurisdiction should have equal weight in that election.
I believe in this, regardless of who won or lost. I am not going to weigh in much about the current election debate, except to point out that a two million vote margin that favored the electoral loser is unacceptable, rigged or not. It simply shows that the system isn’t representing the people that actually voted. This is only further complicated by Trump accepting the results ONLY if he wins. Not to mention the DNC primary scandals, GOP gerrymandering, and tales of fraud from all sides.
American Democracy has been reduced to reality television ratings blitzes. Its more important that we tune in, than we actually vote. As long as we are angry, we are not thinking. We will perpetuate the hostility, without trying to actually solve the problem.
We are being told that this is the most engaging election in history, yet the reality is that less than half of America actually voted. I find that strange considering how important everybody acts like the winner is.
America is not ready for a revolution. We are ready for violence. We are ready for change. We are ready to do everything we feel needs to be done, except to actually revolutionize what isn’t working for us. If we were, more of us would have voted, regardless of how the votes were counted.