The Electoral College Did Not Fail You

Nov 14, 2016 by

Let me first admit, that I am writing this in a state of utter frustration, so I apologize in advance for any blurred or incomplete thoughts. However, if this election has done anything, it has exposed the ridiculous decay of our education system. The amount of ignorance on display – from even our “educated” segments of society – is simply mind-blowing. It has also shown us an unbelievable amount of bias from our media and how well received their contorted message is in regard to the left. Let me state very simply that the Electoral College has not failed anyone and that if anything has failed, it is our media and education systems.

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New York Times Letter – Click To Enlarge

Even the media is starting to get the idea that the nation is rather upset with the part they played over the last several months. People (rightfully so) now have a hard time trusting them. Especially considering that wikileaks emails have demonstrated partisan collusion, bias and sometimes, outright lies being published. That just gets the ball rolling really.

Some publishers are starting course correct – or at least say they are. Fox News reported that the publisher of The New York Times penned a letter to readers Friday promising that the paper would “reflect” on its coverage of this year’s election while rededicating itself to reporting on “America and the world” honestly. That would sure be a nice change of pace. Especially since Amy Chozik, Carolyn Ryan, Gail Collins, John Harwoodje, Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, and Pat Healey of the New York Times were all outed by wikileaks for the collusion with the Clintons. Of course, looking at media reports over the last several days, I’m guessing the New York Times is in the minority of that mindset because I’m still seeing utter garbage posted by numerous different media outlets, almost hourly.

Regardless, it’s not just media. I have seen repeated tweets from people saying that they plan to leave the United States to move to Hawaii over this election. This is evidently the case because Canada doesn’t want our political refugees and because somehow Mexico was not an option for the politically disenfranchised. Why is that hypocrisy not being addressed? I’m also seeing protests from people saying things like “Trump is not my President”, or how the same people who “just knew” that Clinton would win a few months ago and demanded that people just accept the new president, are now rejecting the actual President because they didn’t get their way.

What I find even more alarming is the lack of understanding of the electoral process and purpose. Never before, have I heard with such fervor, the idea that the Electoral College should be done away with. Why? Because of the perception that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and Trump won the Electoral vote.

First of all, Hawaii is a part of the United States. Second, Hillary may not have won the popular vote. Third, Trump may have won all the way around. Instant gratification is the desire to experience pleasure or fulfillment without delay or deferment. Basically, it’s when you want it; and you want it now. Our mainstream media has done a great job of screwing up the minds of the American people trying to provide it.

The truth is that votes are still being counted. Not that it would matter anyway. I have tried to explain this several different ways, but Steve Feinstein at American Thinker does a great job of explaining it by saying that “she’s probably not going to win the actual number of votes cast. She may win the number of votes counted, but not the votes cast.” Steve explains that “States don’t count their absentee ballots unless the number of outstanding absentee ballots is larger than the state margin of difference. If there is a margin of 1,000 votes counted and there are 1,300 absentee ballots outstanding, then the state tabulates those. If the number of outstanding absentee ballots wouldn’t influence the election results, then the absentee ballots aren’t counted.

As I have stated before, the last time these protesting liberals looked at anything, the Electoral vote had Trump with 279. Has anyone bothered to look at the count recently? And as I have said before, Trump will more than likely end up with 306; as of the time of this writing, it’s 290.

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Google Election Results

And look at the map. If you look at the states individually, only 20 states and the District of Columbia had voted for Hillary. That means that 30 states voted for Trump. That is a clear majority there as well. But when we factor in the popular vote, and going back to the words of Steve Feinstein, we see that Trump may have the popular as well. That is of course, if anyone is interested in counting the votes of students that are overseas, the military, business-people on trips, and so on. If you count those, you see that Trump may have won the popular and these protesters are protesting for nothing; the cry to rid ourselves of Electoral College is moot. Think that is far-fetched? Let’s examine who Google has projected to win the popular vote.

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Google Election Results – Popular Vote

You see what I mean? So how did all of this confusion happen? A couple of reasons. First, the media did a great job of confusing people. Second, the government run education system has failed everyone. And Three, the need for instant gratification. If the media would report truth, this wouldn’t have happened. If the education system spent a little time trying to explain the process (teaching civics), people wouldn’t be freaking out – at least not yet. And of course, if people could be patient enough to allow people the time necessary to actually count the votes, they would see the truth of the situation.

That truth is simple. Donald Trump won at least 279 electoral votes (306 if you include Arizona and Michigan) to Hillary Clinton’s 228 (232 including New Hampshire, where she was ahead by a hair). But the popular vote is a near-tie. As I write this, about one half of one percent split the two. However, as even Google makes clear, Trump may also win the popular vote. This is because absentee ballots are usually cast for the Republican party by well over 60%.

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I think what alarms me the most is the lack of context that anyone attempts to place on this. In 2012, Barack Obama won only 51% of the popular vote but he won nearly 62% of the electoral votes. True, 51% is a majority, and that might mean something if we were a Democracy; but we’re not. We are a Republic. And in this election, the popular vote is NOT a clear majority. It is legitimately 50/50 and the Electoral College has once again done its job.

I suppose it is wise at this point to provide a quick list of benefits of the Electoral College, since government run education seems reluctant to do so. To begin with, let me state that the Electoral College was thought up at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and had the sole purpose of helping smaller states get a voice over more populous states. That reasons and benefits still hold true to this day. Each state gets as many electoral votes as it has members of Congress, and the District of Columbia gets three. To be elected president, the winner must get at least half the total, plus one — or 270 electoral votes. So it is a sort of majority vote, but with a buffer to protect smaller states.

The Electoral College helps to protect minority interests. Urban areas are more populated and the Electoral College gives a voice to the states with lower populations. This plays into the fact that states can exercise their power in the selection of the President and it forces candidates to pay attention to the smaller states. In a Democracy, one man equals one vote. In this scenario, Socialist California or Communist New York would be making all the decisions. Most in this country would not like that idea, so the Electoral College is a great thing.

This is not to say that there are not some negatives. It does make the party system a bit more stable and in some ways, that can be a bad thing. Although rare, sometimes someone may not win the popular vote but still get the presidency. And of course, sometimes people get the silly idea that their vote doesn’t matter – although I hope this has been proven wrong in this election. What I want you to understand is that your vote directs the Electoral College how to vote. Yes, your vote counts.

So again, and with all this being said, let me stress that the protests are probably all for nothing. Trump may end up with the popular vote – he’s already got it in regard to votes cast, he’s won the majority of the states, and he’s won the Electoral College votes as well. He is now the 45th President of the United States and it is what it is. As for those who want to argue, protest and cry, let me simply remind you of the words of Hillary Clinton, who said “We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them.” I’m tired of seeing “He’s not my President” every single election cycle. It’s childish and quite honestly, embarrassing.

You want to know something sad? Our nation doesn’t even rank in the top 10 of free nations, yet we claim to be free. People can’t say what they want because someone else is going to be “offended“. How can one feel free under these conditions? It’s hard to even feel brave at this point because if some liberal doesn’t get their way, they are going to destroy something. We incarcerate more people than any other nation on the planet but somehow fail to punish the children destroying everything. We have so many laws that they can’t even be counted yet fail to make laws that make sense and fail to rid ourselves of the ones that don’t. Our debt is out of control. The size of government is out of control. And since the media doesn’t do it’s job the way it should be done (by reporting truth), you get situations where Obama can deport more people than any other president and people are somehow scared of what Trump will do. We don’t have a Electoral College problem. We don’t even have a President problem. What we have is a culture problem; and for the sake of our nation, it needs to be addressed.

Let me leave with you with an interesting article from John Kass at the Chicago Tribune. It’s titled “Without Electoral College, we’d live in real-life ‘Hunger Games“. I think it provides some interesting perspective, and at the very least, something to think about.

Source: The Electoral College Did Not Fail You – AAW

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