Opinion: Don’t ditch the College

That the United States is not a direct democracy where decisions are decided by popular vote is a dilemma for Democrats who are unhinged over Donald Trump’s Electoral College win. The drive for recounts is under way. Besides the left’s recount temper tantrum, Republican Electoral College members across the U.S. report harassment and threats from disgruntled Clinton supporters in a last-ditch effort to put their candidate, Hillary Clinton, who should be in the big house, in the White House. One report says a young Michigan elector, Mike Banerian, received a message “containing a death wish” and another, “a death threat” in which someone threatened they’d “put a bullet” in his mouth. Banerian said he’s been called “a hateful bigot” and said, “people talk about shoving a gun in my mouth and blowing my brains out” – if he abides by Michigan law requiring electors to vote for Trump. Democrat leadership would be wise to detach itself from these whack jobs. These despotic dimwits don’t give a whit that America’s founders created the Electoral College to prevent that kind of mob-rule democracy, which will happen if a few big cities and states always control the outcome. Given all the talk about ditching the Electoral College, fair representation is the last thing on the minds of those who didn’t mind it at all when polls predicted a Clinton electoral landslide. Truth is, if they really cared about fairness, they’d ditch the Super Delegates system, which was rigged for Hillary when it robbed Bernie Sanders early on. That’s why we need the Electoral College, which serves to prevent voting fraud in certain areas from tainting a whole election.

Copyright 2016, Susan Stamper Brown. Syndicated by Cagle Cartoons. You may contact her at writestamper@gmail.com.