An acquaintance recently asked, “When did we become a democracy?”
I’m wondering this, as well, particularly since the U.S. Constitution specifically states: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government” (Article IV Section 4) and this is mirrored by all 50 state constitutions, and many letters of the Founding Fathers contained in the Library of Congress’ Heritage Room in 1982 attested to the fact democracy was considered — and rejected — as a form of government for the United States of America.
Furthermore, as the Constitution remains “the supreme Law of the Land” (Article VI), you can’t change it by sheer force of voice or repetition, and any attempt to ignore it by a majority of lawmakers would result in an indefensible backlash. Such changes require an amendment, and the process for that is also detailed in the *GASP!* Constitution.
As for the “every vote counts” claim, the correct answer is, “No,” as per the Constitution for the United States of America, Article II, Section 1, Clauses 1-4. I’ll leave it up to the reader to educate themselves as to the details, but put simply, once each electoral district’s vote exceeds a reasonable and rational majority of all possible votes in that electoral district, including full and generous allowances for population expansion, then that elector is Constitutionally authorized to cast his or her Electoral Vote commensurate with the majority within their district. It most certainly DOES matter that every citizen of the United States (see chart, below) vote. In that sense alone, it is important that people people.
States are NOT authorized by the Constitution to disenfranchise voters by redirecting all electoral votes to either the state or national majorities. That didn’t happen for a full quarter of a century, but talk about “every vote counts,” sheeh! Such “winner take all” Electoral college rules heinously violate those severely disenfranchising and flagrantly un-Constitutional rules.
The Electoral College exists for two reasons.
First, in the early days, it was an expedient way to carry the will of the people efficiently to the capitol. It’s far simpler and less expensive to send 528 people representing 239,247,182 eligible citizen voters — 444,697 eligible citizen voters per elector — than it is to send a ton of boxes containing votes which would easily be subject to damage or destruction by bad actors. Indeed, many early electors practiced partisan anonymity while traveling.
Second, the members of the Electoral College play a pivotal role with respect to proceedings in Congress should there not be a clear majority between candidates.
As such a great many people get this completely and utterly wrong, I’m going to post it here and walk you through it.
The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President. The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.
I changed my mind. I’m NOT going to walk you through that. That’s YOUR job to learn it through and through. Not mine.
The greater question is this: What’s behind the Democrat’s incessant penchant for ignoring any and every rule and law they feel gets in the way of their agenda? Just who do they serve, anyway? God and Country? Or Self and Party?
Here’s a random thought: Let everyone who wants to vote be required to take the same citizenship test as all naturalized citizens. If you fail, you don’t vote. The United States of America can NOT afford for ignorants and idiots to be deciding important affairs of state such as who runs the country. No smarts, no vote. Until recently, it was assumed people were taught this, properly, throughout grade school and high school. Given the liberal corruption of the schools, however, it appears far too many people don’t know the difference between the “every vote counts” liberal agenda and the ACTUAL, FACTUAL Constitution which always has been and always will be the supreme Law of the Land.
Something to decide now, before the rest of the nation, before one gives their final account before God.