“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”Winston Churchill (do you remember the repeated street interviews with Jesse Watters and Jay Leno?)
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on,the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury,with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loss of fiscal responsibility,always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. (Alexander Fraser Tytler,Alexis de Tocqueville,or someone else – no one is sure).
I wish it wasn’t so concerning democracies but history bears out that voter self-serving (among other reasons) is why a pure democracy eventually fails. Our brilliant founding Fathers were wise enough to understand the problem and put the Electoral College into place.
So,I guess my simplistic argument for the continued need for an Electoral College comes down to large scale voter ignorance about the issues, voter self-serving and also vastly different lifestyles and beliefs in different states across our diverse country. This is why I,for the country as a whole, at the national level,prefer the Electoral College over a direct Democracy.
(But not necessariy at the state level. Each individual state is presently governed as a direct Democracy as chosen by a majority of the state’s voters in local,statewide and Congressional elections. Therefore, each state can govern itself as it chooses as long as it doesn’t conflict with Federal law. This form of government [?Federalism] doesn’t necessarily force me in one state to live like you in another state if my state chooses to live differently. Yet we all remain part of the greater United States of America).
Finally,as long as the majority of states remain Red,we don’t have to worry about the Blue states having any chance to pass a Constitutional Amendment to do away with the Electoral College since it would require 38 states to pass the Amendment. By how they voted for the President,there are only 19 blue states vs. 31 red states. The Electoral College is safe for now and the near future.
THE AMERICAN WAY,” I remain
Chairman,Garland County Tea Party