Most everything in the Constitution has stood the test of time, but the method for electing the president was the Founders’ biggest error.
Do conservatives need to be ashamed of winning elections by means of the Electoral College that they would not win in a more directly democratic contest? No.
A conservative approach toward the Middle East today should not be a choice between the two extremes of isolationism or global policing.
By destroying the Electoral College, we move one step closer to a purely national government, voted on by average voters who have no education about the issues.
Some very nice, apparently well-educated people are peddling absolute Pablum about the Electoral College.
The election damaged the political psyche of liberals in ways that it will probably take a while for us to understand.
The presidential electors have a constitutional duty to vote for the person best-suited to be president, regardless of whether that person is Donald Trump.
For many Democrats, the best political system is the one that instills them with most amount of power. The Electoral College only gets in the way.
Thousands gathered in Chicago on Wednesday to protest Trump’s electoral victory — including one protestor who said Hillary should sue and declare herself president.
Democratizing presidential elections helped to mislead Americans into believing that presidential elections are primarily supposed to reflect their will. They’re not.
Besides honoring nearly two centuries of tradition, Election Day voting is more secure against fraud, the friendliest to outsider candidates, and the best for a fully-informed electorate.
‘I could see a lot of people who did cast a vote for Hillary Clinton. . . become really frustrated with the political system and the way that powerful people are able to skirt the law.’
Frankly, the thought of the average person voting with little information, or voting because she saw a selfie of a Hollywood star, now sounds a little scary.
‘If I have been focused on an establishment, it has been the monolithic one in Middle Eastern Studies, not the varied one in Washington. There you at least get some turnover.’
It is a mistake for American leaders and those currently recoiling at the populist fervor gripping the nation to simply blame populism’s existence on a few demagogic pot stirrers.
The rise of Donald Trump has a lot to do with the failure of the elites. But as Alexis de Tocqueville noted, it also has a lot to do with envy.
What appears to deprive the populace of its power to decide a president is the very mechanism that preserves its power. The Electoral College works that way because the United States isn’t a pure democracy.
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