In defense of the Electoral College

| 21 Jul 2020 | 11:16

    The United States of America is, properly understood, a “representative democracy,” a constitutional republic, whose fundamental objective is to protect all of us from the tyranny of the majority.

    And in its federalist design, the Electoral College has succeeded throughout our storied history, warts and all.

    If we were to “bypass or abolish the electoral college,” as our progressive State Senator James Skoufis recently suggested, our nation would indeed be devoured by mob rule. The more populated states such as New York and California would eventually control the presidency, eclipsing the voices of millions of Americans living in the heartland.

    Removing this vital safeguard, which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not surprisingly is also in favor of, would only accelerate the slow undoing of our great experiment in representative government, because, as John Adams prudently reminds us, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide”

    Tom Lapolla