In the wake of the election, liberals are rioting, attacking police, threatening suicide, and breaking a bunch of stuff that isn’t theirs…simply because they lost. Unable to accept defeat with grace, most of these precious little snowflakes are demanding an end to the Electoral College as some sort of election participation trophy.
In their unhinged, post-election, ranting about the popular vote vs. the Electoral College I have heard every argument under the sun. Such as, The Electoral College is an outdated system. It’s a racist system. The Popular vote is the true voice of the people. The coasts are where the smart people live, so they should have more say in the election winner. One leftist managed to work the words “Star Chamber” into his assessment of “how the President REALLY gets selected”. This is all just noise. The truth is that Democrats hate the Electoral College for the exact same reasons that aficionados of underage nookie hated that To Catch a Predator show. It keeps them from getting away with some really bad things.
Voter fraud is real. In some states it’s not only real, but it’s really easy. In Virginia, where Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe is Governor, thousands of criminals received pardons and had their voting rights restored ahead of the election. Some watchdog groups claim enough felons went to the polls to hand Virginia over to Hillary. This was done amidst legal challenges and a court order that insisted McAuliffe could not simply add convicts to the voter rolls en masse. While a reasonable discussion can be had over the voting rights of people who have paid their debt to society, a pre-election pardon and restoration of voting rights at best looks improper. At worst is improper and meant to give one candidate an advantage over another.
Another example is California. If Hillary truly did win the popular vote, this is the state that put her over the top. That would be fine if Hillary came by those votes honestly. Considering some of the legislative tinkering that Governor Jerry Brown, this seems unlikely.
A number of conservative pundits and voter integrity groups started complaining that Jerry Brown was opening the door for massive numbers of Illegal aliens to vote. Governor Brown and his political allies rightly claimed that these laws didn’t actually bestow on any non-citizen the right to cast a vote in any election. While this sounds good on the surface, Governor Brown also signed AB 110. This budget initiative suspended nine election mandates and defunded the voter identification procedures (page 629, item jjj).
So while they can truthfully say that they haven’t given illegal aliens the right to vote, they HAVE allowed them to register to vote and suspended the procedures that would catch them if they did. It would require a professional wrestling’s fans level of suspension of disbelief to assume everybody followed the rules and no illegal votes were cast.
While the argument can be made that non-citizens voted in overwhelming numbers, the rest of the country was protected from their votes by the Electoral College system. No matter how many millions cast their lot, in the end it was still only fifty-five electoral votes. In this case the Electoral College was the difference between a legitimate election with the right outcome and mass voter fraud potentially putting an illegitimate administration in office.
In a perfect world, the popular vote would be a great thing…so long as Iowa agreed to accept California as its election year overlord every four years. But a perfect world also includes everybody playing by the rules. It’s clear that is not possible right now. Until it is, we will continue to need the protection of an Electoral College system.