You hear the left loudly scream these days about the popular vote and how President Trump did not legitimately win the Presidency. That statement is not true because of the wisdom of our forefathers who granted us a Republic and not a Democracy.

The reason for that decision by our founders is explained in some of their statements.

James Madison described a Democracy this way: “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

John Adams proclaimed, “Remember, Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a Democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

John Quincy Adams stated, “The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, Democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.” John Quincy Adams was elected President through a contentious election and it was the electoral college that became the deciding factor in his Presidency. I am thankful for its existence because John Quincy Adams not only served as President of the United States, but later ran for Congress and won with one issue on his heart. He was determined to end slavery. It was this man’s example that greatly affected the heart of a future President – Abraham Lincoln.”

The founders decided on a Republic rather than a Democracy because a Republic represents individual rights over the majority. In quote after quote of our founders you find their desire for liberty and power to the people rather than mob rule. This very factor led to the longevity of our form of government over that of France that also had a revolution after ours but opted for a Democracy rather than a Republic. As a result of the people of France’s decision, once they started using the guillotine, they could not find a place to stop. Interesting some of the protestors have actually brought out a guillotine to show their desire to follow after France, I guess.

In my way of thinking, no right-thinking individual in Kansas or any other fly over state should desire popular vote. That would likely rule out the opportunity for a president outside of the East or West Coast to ever be chosen. The majority population lives on the East and West Coast. Those numbers do not give the votes from the less populated states much value at all in electing the president. It is the electoral college that helps give us the voice in that election. Just as our founders weighed in on giving states an equal number of U.S. Senators, we have the electoral college to give us influence in presidential elections.

Of course, out of convenience, Democrats would prefer to eliminate the electoral college in order to negate the votes of the minority states but at a time when there is so much talk about equity and equality why would they stand to give less value to the voters in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, etc. and allow the majority voters on the East and West Coast to decide who our president is without giving us a voice?

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sarelon

There is an excellent video explaining the failures of the Electoral College as well as clearing up a number of myths here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wC42HgLA4k&t

sarelon

I find it interesting there is no author credited with this opinion. Was that simply an oversight on the Gazette's part or did this individual want to remain anonymous?

Nobody is talking about making the U.S. a true democracy, just removing the outdated Electoral College.

The EC gives very tiny states more power than they should have. Our leaders should be elected by the people, not by a plot of land. The EC takes away the voices of many of the people in those smaller states as it is a winner-take-all system. If 50.0001% of the voters in a state vote for one candidate then that means the votes from 49.9999% of that state go in the trash. I can't fathom how anyone could think they were "being given a voice" with such a system.

Ryann Brooks Staff
Ryann Brooks

It's credited in the print version. I'm not sure why it didn't show up online. Peggy Mast wrote this. I'm trying to fix it so it shows online.

sarelon

Thank you....that explains a lot.

KB Thomas

We can learn a lot from human brhavior. Review: KATV.Org What's Going On? The Study Of Humon Behavior.

KB Thomas

Trump has done more for the black community than Joe Biden has done in 47 years.

Gary Lukert

You are repeating a Flat Out Lie!

Oh, by the way, what is it that you and Trump say he has done for blacks?

I remember Trump saying Health Care was easy, that he knew more about Health Care than anyone, yet, couldn't get a bill passed. Even had control of both houses of congress. He also says he knows more about Covid than anyone. Now, Trump makes light of Covid....that no one needs to fear it. Well, sorry, what about the over 200,000 Americans who have died from Covid? And, what about their families. What do you tell the wives, whose husbands have died...and results in a financial hardship for the wife? Trump doesn't care at all! ALSO, TRUMP IS A CRIMINAL...HE BROKE THE LAW WHEN HE ACCEPTED AN ILLEGAL MEDICAL DEFERMENT FROM THE MILITARY BACK IN THE 1960S. TRUMP'S DADDY BOUGHT OFF A DOCTOR SO CHICKEN DONNIE WOULDN'T HAVE TO GO FIGHT IN VIET NAM!

KB Thomas

If the electoral is changed that will be the final nail in the coffin for a free America and you would have Chuck Sumuer and Nancy Polise running the country. They take the attitude that we need to pass bills so we can see what's in there.

athertok

I too support the Electoral College and fixing it. However, Mrs. Mast is far off on its actual purpose and formation. It was never created for the purpose of giving benefit or equalization to small states, even though that has been a result of the EC. The EC was a good compromise that served our country well when it was maintained as it should be. Our present EC is out of whack numbers wise, not being updated since 1910 to reflect actual population representation. Google “Wyoming Rule” for a better understanding.

For a better understanding of its formations and discounting some of the myths that Mrs. Mast has fallen prey to, this is a good read to start.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/five-common-misconceptions-about-electoral-college/602596/

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