Electors The X Factor In Presidential Elections
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that presidents in the United States are not elected—they are selected. Since he was selected four times, he would know better than anyone else.
The selection process begins at the primary level. The two major political parties have tilted the tables toward candidates for years. Just ask Bernie Sanders about the 2016 campaign fiasco where the Democratic National Party favored Hillary Clinton to win the primary election.
Most Americans don’t understand the difference between the Electoral College and the popular vote. Most of us have had blind faith in democracy and haven’t taken the time to see exactly how corrupt the system has always been. Our history of voter suppression and candidate selection in America has impacted all citizens, not just women, minorities and others. Although many citizens think that they elect the president and vice president, the Electoral College actually determines the outcome. The winner of the popular vote usually wins the Electoral College vote, but not always. Call it what you will. The Electoral College is a filter between the people and the power. It’s a tool to reinterpret the will of the people and to obstruct the democratic process. It’s is clearly unconstitutional because it promotes a system of taxation without equal representation. It promotes a government where all votes are not created equal. The Constitution starts off with three critical words, “We the people.” It doesn’t say anything about “We the states.”
There have been five United States presidential elections where the chosen one actually lost the popular vote:
- 1824: John Quincy Adams (Democrat)
- 1876: Rutherford B. Hayes (Democratic-Republican, Whig)
- 1888: Benjamin Harrison (Republican)
- 2000: George W. Bush (Republican)
- 2016: Donald J. Trump (Republican)
In 1876, Samuel J. Tilden (Democrat) earned more than 50 percent of the popular vote. Thanks to the Electoral College, Rutherford B. Hayes walked away with the crown to became one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. He essentially ignored public opinion.
In some elections, the Electoral College has voted presidents into office by slim margins. In 1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon by fewer than 120,000 popular votes. That year, Electors did the right thing. Twice in the past two decades, the Democratic candidate won the popular vote, but did not become president. Instead, the winner in the Electoral College prevailed. Trump, who received three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton, won the state-by-state allotment of Electoral College votes in 2016 and became president. In 2000, George W. Bush became president, winning five more Electoral College votes than Al Gore, though Gore won roughly half a million more popular votes. The Electoral College saved us from ourselves in favor of the favored.
The concept of majority rules is a myth.
Usually, electoral votes align with the popular vote in an election. Renegade, corrupt and malicious people can tilt the table on a whim without recourse. It’s about as far away from democracy as you can get. The founding fathers thought that the use of electors would give our country a representative president, while avoiding a corruptible national election.
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