February, 2012: The Electoral College – Bah, Humbug
The electoral college system, although it was not called that, dates all the way back to the U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 1), which was ratified in 1788. That was 224 years ago.
At that time, the founding fathers had legitimate reasons for instituting the quirky procedure. In fifteen words or less: They did not want the president to be elected by a popular vote. In fact, they didn’t want any kind of a majority-rules type of government, period. That’s why they created a republic.
The masses would elect congressmen from their state and those folks would go to Washington D.C. and make the laws. The idea was that people would elect the best and brightest and they would in turn run the nation well. Which is what actually happened and for a very long time. Today, though, does anybody really think the airheads, crooks and liars in Washington are our best and brightest?
Why, you’ve got Barney Franks (crook), Maxine Waters (airhead and crook), Nancy Pelosi (airhead and crook), Harry Reid (liar), Steny Hoyer (from Maryland, need I say more?) and the like. Even Obama (liar) was a Senator before becoming president (liar). So much for a republic.
And, sadly, in modern times, the electoral college has become a flawed and corruptible way to elect the president. And I’m not talking about the few cases (Gore vs. Bush, for example) when the loser actually had the greater popular vote.
No, I’m talking about a much more personal flaw in the system: My vote doesn’t count. Say what, you say? Let me explain. I live in Georgia. My vote – as are the votes of all Georgians – is canceled out every year by the liberal loonies out in California.
In 2008, California went for Obama by 8.3 million to 5.0 million. Georgia went for McCain by 2.1 million to 1.8 million. So, Obama won the combined states by 10.1 million to 7.1 million. That’s a winning percentage of 59%.
Now, California had 55 electoral votes while Georgia had 15. So, in the winner-take-all methodology of the electoral college system, Obama got a net 40 electoral votes (55 less 15) . That works out to be 57% of the electoral votes, a fairly reasonable outcome what with the popular vote being 59%
But in 2012, now that Obama has shown his hatred of America and the frenzy of white guilt has subsided, things are likely going to be much closer. For the sake of argument, let’s say its Obama versus Romney. Say Obama carries California by 7.3 million votes to 6.0 million. Say Romney carries Georgia by 2.9 million to 1.0 million.
Romney therefore wins the popular vote by 8.9 million to 8.3 million. But, Obama will still get a net of 39 electoral votes (Georgia gained one vote in the 2010 census), just as he did in 2008. How in the world does this make any sense? Especially to me. Personally, it sure seems like my vote got flushed down the Hollywood Toilet Bowl.
The bottom line is that California owns Georgia. And many others states as well.
It gets worse. A presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes out of the total 538 available to win the election. Consider the seven states with the most electoral votes. They are (after adjustments from the 2010 Census):
New York 29
In 2008, Texas went Republican. The other six went for Obama. That was an electoral college slaughter: 175 to 34. In November of this year, all Obama has to do is win the Big 6 (Big 7 minus Texas) again and he is basically unbeatable. I can hardly wait for four more years of the only president in United States history who hates this country.
Many groups have tried throughout our nation’s history to eliminate the electoral college, an effort that would require a Constitutional amendment. They have been woefully unsuccessful. Perhaps some new group, people with a lot of clout could get the job done.
Let me think who that could be. Wait, I’ve got it: The coneheads of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland and Occupy Chattanooga and Occupy Wherever. There the ones. The liberals in Congress love them. Obama loves them.
If only the dropouts of the Occupy crowd had come along a decade and a half ago and motivated Congress to eliminate the electoral college. Why, Al Gore would have been elected back in 2000 instead of George W. Bush. Ah, the wasted years.
Imagine what America would be like today if only Al Gore had been in the White House for eight glorious years: Global Warming wouldn’t exist (Gore would have stopped it), 9/11 wouldn’t have happened (Osama bin Laden would have been a big fan) and nobody would ever have heard of Barrack Obama (can you say Hallelujah?).