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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m no fan of socialism, and I’m even less of a fan of socialists. Those who believe in socialism have the uncanny ability to make something that sounds nice on the surface (socialism – even though it’s an awful system) sound absolutely terrible, simply by opening their mouths. Their hate for the Electoral College, the American people, and our Constitution is obvious, sometimes even without a word being said. It was my great-great-great-great-grandfather, King Solomon, who wrote in Ecclesiastes 10:13 (NLT): You can identify fools just by the way they walk down the street!
So when I saw that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the darling socialist of the left, had written on Twitter that she opposed the Electoral College, my mind immediately recognized foolishness. Here it is for your viewing displeasure:
It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic. https://t.co/00HZN3MI6F
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) October 6, 2018
She’s not alone, by the way. Hillary Clinton wants to do the same thing. And considering that it was the Electoral College system that kept her out of the Oval Office, I can understand why. Her lust for power was checked by the process given to us by our Founding Fathers. They foresaw a day, indeed they were living in such days, when people would hunger for centralized government. These power-crazed bullies would do their best to destroy individual rights, and would seek to dominate their opponents, not with ideas, but with government force. The Electoral College, Ms. Cortez, is in place precisely to stop people like you.
Here’s two good reasons why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is wrong for wanting to abolish the Electoral College:
First, the Electoral College is a built-in defender of minority rights.
This unique system prevents tyranny by the majority against the minority. Without it, states with massive populations would make other states irrelevant (think California and West Virginia). Our nation’s most populous state has around 40 million people. West Virginia, by contrast, has around 2 million. So if the popular vote replaced the EC, everybody in West Virginia wouldn’t matter anymore. Their views on smaller government, traditional values, the 2nd Amendment, and a host of other issues would become unimportant. We’d be throwing away 2 million people in that one state alone. Now compound that with lots of other states that have smaller populations than California, and it’s pretty clear that the party which claims to be the defender of minorities is actually in a crazy hurry to throw minorities under the bus. The Electoral College protects minorities in ways that affirmative action policies never could.
Second, we are a nation of States, not people.
We’re called the United STATES of America, not the United PEOPLE of America. The reason for this is because our Founding Fathers feared massive, centralized government (as evidenced in the Declaration of Independence). They saw the authoritarian nature of the British crown, and they knew that if individuals were to ever be able to live as they pleased, they’d have to create a government that wasn’t GIGANTIC. Giving the states power to guide their own destiny helped to check that type of centralized government. So today, if you don’t like your state, no big deal…find a new one that suits your fancy. There’s a reason the USA is called a laboratory of democracy. It’s a system of tests, experiments and trial-and-error. And why do you think a large portion of California itself is wanting to secede from the state? They have realized the dangers of living under centralized Sacramento. They’re ignored, forgotten, and viewed as a nuisance. They’ve learned in our day what the Founding Fathers knew all along. Big government is bad. So having the Electoral College system gives people options, and options are good.
We’re called the United STATES of America, not the United PEOPLE of America. The reason for this is because our Founding Fathers feared massive, centralized government.
Ms. Cortez, you want socialism. You want big government. You want to control the rights of American citizens. You want to steal our guns, have abortions on demand, create massive, taxpayer-funded handouts, allow open borders, and demean those who disagree with your position. You claim to speak for minorities, so here’s a conundrum for you:
A minority of Americans do not agree with your plans for their lives.
And that’s why we have the Electoral College.