National Popular Vote is a Hallmark of Democracy

National Popular Vote is a Hallmark of Democracy
Recently I have been bombarded with a C&P email campaign from well-meaning constituents asking that I support the elimination of our Electoral College.  In the text of the copy & paste message I read, “it is out of date”, and “we are tired of being ignored.”
We have two differences of understanding of the presidential election process.  The framers of our constitutional republic invented the Electoral College to fight exactly what the writers object to.  
It appears the root of the failure to understand what the Electoral College is, and why it works the way it does can be traced back to a failure in K-12 teaching of Civics.  I am astonished to hear well spoken, well educated, individuals in businesses and government -all three branches- refer to America as a “democracy”.  From Supreme Court judges past and present to members of Congress and senators, and even presidents, they get it wrong.  We are not a democracy!  In a democracy, the people would vote as citizens of a single sovereign.
The French went through a revolution even more bloody than ours; it was a nation which was emerging as a democracy at the same time we were emerging as a republic.  The comparative experience proved out the theory that democracies are most like two wolves and a lamb debating over what is for lunch, where a republic balances the power between blocks of people.
Even well-educated writers can’t get it right, In The Economist we read, “Democracy was the most successful political idea of the 20th century. Why has it run into trouble, and what can be done to revive it?” (Economist Essay-Democracy, n.d.)  The United States is a constitutional republic made up of 50 states that have united together to, “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”
This will be an epiphany to many, but we have never held a “national election,” rather since our founding, we have always held simultaneous state [read nation-state] elections.  If we had a national popular vote, states like California and Florida would jam their views down everyone else’s throats.  The link is a great walk through the theory of balanced representation.
Men like Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, in fact all of those who laid out the construction of our government, viewed each state as a “sovereign nation” unto itself, but drawn together as a confederation (root for federal) for protection against other nations as well as a group of states forming up a coalition [read as ganging up] against a sister state, much like we have seen in Europe many times.
The Electoral College is the very thing that evens the odds of smaller states.  While I wholeheartedly share angst over being ignored from time to time by candidates for the Presidency, I still believe the Electoral College is the great equalizer and remain steadfast and true to its defense.
So while the national popular vote may be a hallmark of democracy, each state’s popular vote is what matters in our republic.  That is what elects the Electoral College electors.  This structure helps to prevent vote tampering and outright fraud.
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