Not just yet. But, I finally do see a potential for the existence of this abhorrent construct to be vindicated for the first time in my lifetime.
Some of you may know that for years or even decades, I have been outraged by the existence of the electoral college in the United States. This constitutional load of horseshit undermines both our pretense of being a nation and our pretense of being a democracy.
A democratic nation would have a national election. We do not. We have state elections and the states send representatives to vote on our behalf … unless they don’t.
A democracy would be a country where every citizen had an equal vote. We do not. Individuals in some states have 3 times the voting power of individuals in other states.
I have hated this construct with a burning, seething, fiery passion since I first learned the details of it. It makes me sick that the founders of this once-great non-nation thought that people should not be allowed to vote for president of the United States.
How could I change my mind so radically on this important subject?
I haven’t yet. But this is how I could.
If we the idiots actually vote in such a way that Donald J. Drumpf would legitimately become POTUS, and if the electoral college members vote for sanity instead, I will finally have to accept that the founders were right. I would then have to admit that the electoral college may be necessary to protect us from ourselves.
Remember, the members of the electoral college are under no constitutional obligation to vote as we the idiots vote, even within any particular state.
The main problem with a true democracy is that the people can, and sometimes do, vote themselves out of a democracy. Adolf was legitimately elected dictator. I am not comparing Drumpf to Hitler (he’s really not that bad yet) … or even Mussolini (yet). But, it is a legitimate point that people can and sometimes do vote themselves a totalitarian government.
If and only if we the idiots do elect this autocratic buffoon in November AND the electoral college saves us from ourselves, I will concede that the electoral college does have value.
How on earth could that happen? Trump has 42% of the country under his spell, not 51%. Well, my fellow liberals (idiots do indeed come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and creeds) could actually stick by the statements many are making. If Hillary gets the nod, the Bernie supporters really might stay home … and elect Drumpf. Or, Bernie could (though it seems unlikely now) get the nod and the Hillary supporters stay home … and elect Drumpf. Either case would be a disaster, unless the electoral college saves us from our own stupidity.
That said, until it happens, I still hate the electoral college.
Let’s hope we don’t need them in November. Let’s hope that if we do, they come through for us.