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The Dangerous, Undemocratic Electoral College

 

Imagine a U.S Presidential race with just 2 candidates. Either could be male or female.

Candidate A is wise, intelligent, well-respected by most other world leaders and the citizens of the world, and intends to work for the betterment of the vast majority of Americans - both present and future - regardless of their political party preference.

Candidate B is a foolish, narcissistic, childish, racist hate-monger who focuses on working for the betterment - and approval - of the people who routinely walk into voting booths and vote for the candidate who will do the most good for their party, rather than America as a whole. This individual doesn't care about future Americans because they can't vote for him/her in the next election. This candidate believes that every camera and microphone within 100 miles should rightly be pointed at him/her because, really, who else matters?

 

 

 

Now imagine that in the general election, 76% of the voters want candidate A living in the White House, running the country, working feverishly to save Earth's ecosystems from destruction by global warming due to use of fossil fuels and, wisely, not ruining the economy, and not launching any of our 4,000+ nuclear warheads.

 

Only 24% of the voters vote for candidate B. These could be foolish people, or ignorant people, or they could be crafty and egotistical and power hungry and consider the Republican party more important than "America, the beautiful".

Or, they could be foreign operatives who live in the U.S. but owe their allegiance to Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping. These people would naturally want to help install an idiot in the White House, rather than a statesman, to hurt the U.S. as much as possible.

Why try to sneak a nuclear device into our country, when it's so easy to help elect a moron? All they have to do hack badly designed voting machines - or hack social media and plant fake news to sway the emotions of people who don't want to take the time to verify if the "facts" are genuine or fake.

 

Would it surprise you to learn that if the 24% were to spread themselves out and become eligible to vote in about 38 states, they could elect candidate B, using the Electoral College?  The math works.  It could happen.  So most of the 76% who win the popular vote might as well stay home on voting day.  They’ll just  have to put up with candidate B for 4 years and hope he/she doesn't destroy the country or the world.

How is this possible?  How have we allowed an archaic process like the Electoral College to survive this long without abolishing it? And, more importantly, how can America ever claim to be a democracy when the highest office in the land can be decided by the minority rather than the majority - as happened in the 2000 and 2016 elections?

Any member of congress, or candidate for congress or for the presidency who is against the abolishment of the Electoral College is clearly not a patriotic American - because any true patriot believes that the American president should always be elected by a majority of voters - not the minority. So this would be an excellent litmus test. If a candidate supports the Electoral College, no patriotic voter should vote for him/her.

 

For those who doubt the math, so did I. I had to write a computer program to verify it.

The U.S. presidential election will probably never be won in just this way, but the point is, it might - unless the Electoral College is abolished so that every vote cast has equal value.

Candidate B could completely ignore 10 of the most populous states: California, Texas, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia and New Jersey. He/she wouldn't have to make any campaign stops in those states, nor spend even one dollar from their campaign chest there, because none of the votes cast in those states for Candidate A would have any effect.

 

                                        Candidate A           Candidate B                 Cand. A       Cand. B
                                   __________________   ____________________             _________    __________        

                         Electoral   % of      Elec.       % of      Elec.                 Popular       Popular
                           Votes   Pop. Vote   Votes     Pop. Vote   Votes                  Votes         Votes

 1.  Alaska                  3     49.999 %         0    50.001 %         3                159,300       159,307
 2.  Montana                 3     49.999 %         0    50.001 %         6                248,568       248,578
 3.  North Dakota            3     49.999 %         0    50.001 %         9                172,176       172,183
 4.  South Dakota            3     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        12                185,042       185,050
 5.  Vermont                 3     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        15                157,530       157,536
 6.  Wyoming                 3     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        18                127,921       127,927
 7.  Hawaii                  4     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        22                214,464       214,472
 8.  Idaho                   4     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        26                345,120       345,134
 9.  New Hampshire           4     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        30                372,140       372,155
 10. Rhode Island            4     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        34                232,067       232,076
 11. New Mexico              5     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        39                399,151       399,167
 12. West Virginia           5     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        44                357,204       357,218
 13. Arkansas                6     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        50                565,306       565,328
 14. Iowa                    6     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        56                782,999       783,031
 15. Kansas                  6     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        62                592,189       592,212
 16. Mississippi             6     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        68                604,666       604,690
 17. Nevada                  6     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        74                562,681       562,703
 18. Utah                    6     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        80                565,703       565,726
 19. Connecticut             7     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        87                822,443       822,476
 20. Oklahoma                7     49.999 %         0    50.001 %        94                726,481       726,510
 21. Oregon                  7     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       101              1,000,647     1,000,688
 22. Kentucky                8     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       109                962,055       962,093
 23. Louisiana               8     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       117              1,014,495     1,014,536
 24. Alabama                 9     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       126              1,061,664     1,061,707
 25. Colorado                9     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       135              1,390,095     1,390,151
 26. South Carolina          9     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       144              1,051,492     1,051,534
 27. Maryland               10     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       154              1,390,695     1,390,750
 28. Minnesota              10     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       164              1,472,377     1,472,435
 29. Missouri               10     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       174              1,404,274     1,404,330
 30. Wisconsin              10     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       184              1,488,045     1,488,104
 31. Arizona                11     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       195              1,286,556     1,286,608
 32. Indiana                11     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       206              1,367,451     1,367,506
 33. Massachusetts          11     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       217              1,662,489     1,662,556
 34. Tennessee              11     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       228              1,253,988     1,254,038
 35. Washington             12     49.999 %         0    50.001 %       240              1,658,476     1,658,542
 36. Delaware                3    100.000 %         3     0.000 %       240                443,814             0
 37. District of Columbia    3    100.000 %         6     0.000 %       240                311,268             0
 38. Maine                   4     49.999 %         8    50.001 %       242                373,956       373,970
 39. Nebraska                5    100.000 %        13     0.000 %       242                844,227             0
 40. North Carolina         15     49.999 %        13    50.001 %       257              2,370,734     2,370,829
 41. Virginia               13     49.999 %        13    50.001 %       270              1,992,275     1,992,355
 42. New Jersey             14    100.000 %        27     0.000 %       270              3,874,046             0
 43. Georgia                16    100.000 %        43     0.000 %       270              4,114,732             0
 44. Michigan               16    100.000 %        59     0.000 %       270              4,799,284             0
 45. Ohio                   18    100.000 %        77     0.000 %       270              5,496,487             0
 46. Illinois               20    100.000 %        97     0.000 %       270              5,536,424             0
 47. Pennsylvania           20    100.000 %       117     0.000 %       270              6,165,478             0
 48. Florida                29    100.000 %       146     0.000 %       270              9,420,039             0
 49. New York               29    100.000 %       175     0.000 %       270              7,721,453             0
 50. Texas                  38    100.000 %       213     0.000 %       270              8,969,226             0
 51. California             55    100.000 %       268     0.000 %       270             14,181,595             0
                                  _________              ________                      ___________   ___________


                                    76.30 %               23.70 %                      104,272,988    32,396,211

 

Candidate A receives 76.30 % of the popular vote - and loses with 268 electoral votes.

Candidate B receives 23.70 % of the popular vote - but wins with 270 electoral votes.

 

Until the Electoral College is abolished, the Republican party will continue to use it to put inferior, embarrassing and possibly dangerous people in the White House.

And the United States of America will go down in history as one of the once-great, but failed civilizations - like the Roman Empire, the Mayas, and the Aztecs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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