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October 9 2018

The Left's Latest Cause: Abolish the Electoral College

by Charlotte Hays

The latest cause of a number of high-profile Democrats: abolishing the Electoral College.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes "passionately" in doing away with the Electoral College, as, not surprisingly, does Hillary Clinton, who would be president without it.

Joe Setyon of Reason shows why the Electoral College is important to our democracy:

By preventing the majority from getting its way all the time, the Electoral College ensures that views from every part of the nation are represented. That way, those in high-population states with large cities aren't the only ones who have a say. Instead, as David Harsanyi wrote in a November 2016 piece for Reason, the Electoral College helps "create moderation and compromise":

To some extent, the Electoral College impels presidents and their political parties to consider all Americans in rhetoric and action. By allowing two senators for both Wyoming, with a population of less than 600,000, and California, with a population of more than 38 million, we create more national cohesion. We protect large swaths of the nation from being bullied. We incentivize Washington, D.C.—both the president and the Senate—to craft policy that meets the needs of Colorado as well as New York.

There seems to be a whiff of opportunism in this crusade: What would these same people be saying if enough electors had acceded to the the demands of disappointed Democrats and refused to cast electoral votes for Donald Trump?

Just a guess, but I am betting these same people would be singing the praises of the Electoral College.

Doing away with the Electoral College would have a profound effect on the way the country is governed.

Without it, we'd all more or less be governed by the values of New York and California. Some of us would not like this.

If the more traditional regions were so governed, friction between sections of the country would become intense.

In a way, it can be argued that the Electoral College keeps us together as a nation by letting all sections have a voice.



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