Publius / November 11, 2016

Why the Electoral College?

It boils down to one word: Tyranny.

Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump in the popular vote, though Trump won the presidential election by surpassing the 270 electoral vote threshold. Predictably, this has resulted in outrage among leftists who argue that, in a democracy, the popular vote should determine the election outcome. In most cases, it does. But there are a few instances (like Tuesday) in which the electoral count is at odds with the popular vote.

But there’s a reason for it. Sadly, those who are protesting and rioting across the nation lack a fundamental understanding of American politics and why the Founders were leery of deciding a presidential election based solely on the popular vote. It boils down to the fact America is not a pure democracy; rather, it is a Republic designed specifically to prevent the tyranny that inevitably accompanies pure democracies (majority rule). The fact so many people, particularly millennials, don’t understand or care to comprehend the electoral system’s importance reflects badly on our increasingly progressive education system, which teaches that America’s system is a fraud and should be amended to mirror that of other countries. That assertion is wrong and deeply troubling.

Here’s why the electoral college matters, courtesy of Prager University:

For the record, even the leftist USA Today editorial board says to keep the current system.

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