Life changes. The world moves on. That’s just how it is. There are some things that were once necessities. Now, they’re history lessons.
Remember running to answer the phone? The one with a cord connected to the wall? Some of us even remember “dialing” a phone number. If you were well off, you might have had two or even three phones—one in the living room, one in the kitchen, and one in either the bedroom or bathroom.
And what about camera film? Once upon a time, it was important to have an extra tube of film around, just in case a friend you hadn’t seen in, like, forever, dropped by. There was nothing more frustrating than having a “perfect moment”, and finding that the film in your camera was all used up.
Well, we don’t see very many people running around with corded phones any more. As for film—I might find it on the dishes I didn’t do yesterday, but with digital cameras and cameras built right into our cellphones, wrestling with film is a thing of the past.
There are also things like the abacus. A great calculating device, still in use in some places. But you won’t find very many of them at, say, Boeing, or Cessna.
In the same way, the electoral college was useful at one time. Article 12 of the Constitution was trying to be efficient. But now we have computers. We don’t need the electoral college. Why do I think this?
Well, I’ll tell you…
Pull out your copy of the Constitution. Go back, before the Amendments, to the part just before George Washington’s signature. See how it’s worded?
“In all our deliberations on this subject, we kept steadily in our view that which appears to us the greatest interest of every true American, the consolidation of our union, in which is involved our prosperity, felicity, safety, perhaps our national existence…we hope and believe; that it may promote the lasting welfare of that country so dear to us all…”
The people who worked on that agreement, then signed it, cared deeply about the United States of America. They were determined that this would be a country as described by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address when he said it was a “government of the people, for the people, by the people” and that it “shall not perish from the earth”.
The electoral college may have helped to achieve those goals at one time. Now, it is just a reason not to vote. As long as the electoral college exists, the popular vote isn’t really what elects our president. The college was a way of telling the senate what the voters wanted. Now the college tells the senate what the college wants. And, as we all know, too many people in politics are corrupt. Need I say more?
We have computers to report the findings when people vote.
Get rid of the electoral college. Give the country to the people again.