Political Editors / Oct. 11, 2018

Is the Electoral College Really About Slavery?

Democrats continue attacking a bastion of our republic and the Constitution.

When Democrats lose elections, they don’t reexamine their policy platform and question why voters may have not supported it; rather they quickly look for some other factor to blame. In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s stunning 2016 election loss, one excuse quickly rose to the forefront for Democrat apologists — the Electoral College. One of the interesting aspects of President Donald Trump’s victory was that he lost the popular vote. This now represented the second time in the modern era when a Republican defeated a Democrat to win the election after losing the popular vote.

So, according to leftist Democrats, the system must be broken. Clinton lamented in her latest essay that “democratic institutions and traditions are under siege,” but she then blamed those very institutions and traditions for Trump, writing further, “It’s been nearly two years since Donald Trump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States.”

Not to be outdone, America’s favorite socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the Electoral College as a vestige of racism and slavery, stating, “It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic.” It appears Ms. Ocasio-Cortez needs to re-educate herself on what a republic is.

As The Federalist’s David Harsanyi explains, “The Electoral College isn’t ornamental; it exists to undercut the tyranny of direct democracy and ensure the entire nation is represented in national elections. When you attack it, you’re not condemning Trump, you are, in a very palpable way, attacking a core idea that girds much of our governance.”

Once again, Democrats are displaying their true colors. It appears that many of them would prefer to be rid of the Constitution entirely, as it has proven to repeatedly get in the way of their power-hungry agenda.

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