Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Williams: In Defense of the Electoral College

Walter Williams writes in defense of the Electoral College.
Then there's that old saying about democracy being nothing more than two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for lunch. 

  I agree and, as I like to say: Democracy be damned!

Addendum: David Friedman also makes an argument for the Electoral College. 


At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eliminating the electoral college would make national elections much harder to rig because the real vote would be the only thing that counts.

Instead of rigging a handful of swing states by cheating only in the counties that are using electronic voting machines administered by the political party that backs the candidate to be rigged by bumping the candidate 7% over his opponent in those counties, but only 1% over in the statewide total, you'd have to do that in a great many states, perhaps too many than is possible. Well, until paperless electronic voting machines are used in every county in every state, that is.

If that seemed like a highly specific example, there's a good reason it was so.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

David Friedman also made an argument for the Electoral College. He argues it reduces chances of voter fraud. I added a link to his argument to the bottom of my post.

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Bob Wallace said...

Vote fraud is a fraud.

At worst it is a tiny problem which does not amount to more than insignificant noise in the system.

Our founding fathers probably had no idea that the United States might evolve into a country whose states were so unequal in population. They lived in an era of majority farmers and small cities.

There's a good way to work around the Electoral College. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact has already been adopted by some states. It may be time to push for other states to join.

At the minimum it's something we should bring up for discussion as we see people complaining about the president we're about to get. The one voted into office by a minority of voters, not the majority.

Think about how different history would be if minority president George W. Bush had not been able to gain the White House. No Iraq War. No massive disruption of the Middle East. Possibly no 9/11.

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

Bob, little by little, revisits his previous "EC viewpoint from past threads" to now, in his own way, admit he was and is still wrong.

"Our founding fathers probably had no idea that the United States might evolve into a country whose states were so unequal in population. They lived in an era of majority farmers and small cities." ~ BBW

Response from fact teller HOJ:

The main reason why an electoral college system exists is to "protect rural lifestyle against mass population centers, cities".......the forefathers knew of world population expansion as they just fought to leave it in Europe.....but as they say in the real world, people are fuck bunnies without checks and balances other than what mother nature offers non politically.

The forefathers knew America was going to expand.

The States have all power to reduce its overall population too, but the density of the votes have more weight on cumulative total rather than on a per vote basis.

We live in a system where the minority rights holders shall never be majoritized, otherwise all hell breaks loose......

Gotta appreciate the EC, otherwise urban would always get "their candidate"......rural said, "Fuck You BBW types, urban fucks, go to hell!"

And so Trump prevailed over Shillary The Liar......not hard to understand why the results are what they are.

Great job at the intentional misnomer though BBW.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

If over 50% of population lives in urban regions, then the EC really is a safety net!

Can't imagine a civil war between urban fucks and rural folks.......well, non political at this juncture.


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