The Democrats’ unwarranted partisan assault on the Electoral College by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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In various articles I have discussed the historic reasons for the inclusion of the Electoral College process in presidential elections, citing specific reasons the Founding Fathers, soon after gaining American independence from the British Empire and experiencing the deficiencies of the Articles of Confederation, finally framed a Constitutional Republic at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. The founders chose this form of government for the United States rather than a simple majoritarian democracy. As opposed to a mass democracy where a simple popular majority decides the law, the rights of citizens, and the election of all officials — in a Constitutional Republic, the deliberate rule of law is supreme, and the government is limited in scope and is subject to the doctrines of Limited Government, Separation of Powers, and Checks and Balances. In a Republic, the property of all, the human rights of unpopular minorities, and the natural rights of individual citizens are all protected, despite unjust, capricious, and sometimes the covetous vote of the majority of less-well-to-do citizens.

The Electoral College is one of those institutions of a republican form of government that protects the rights of all citizens to fair representation and participation in a presidential contest. The Electoral College (EC) allows all areas of the country to be fairly and more evenly Electoral College by counties 2016represented in presidential elections, preventing several clusters of heavily populated urban areas from dominating presidential elections.

In a more recent article, referring to the presidential election of Donald Trump in 2016, I described how four California counties could have decided unfairly and very detrimentally the presidential election for Hillary Clinton, if the popular vote solely had been the sine qua non for victory. Despite angry responses from many Democratic corners, the EC worked as it was intended, preventing four wayward counties from stealing the presidency.

The reason for returning to the subject of the EC is to describe the persistent efforts that are being made by demagogic Democratic operatives in a number of states to overthrow the Electoral College. This hatred for the EC is based on having sustained two crucial defeats by 2016 Electoral CollegeRepublican presidential candidates, including the 2016 presidential election in which Donald Trump triumphed, blanketing the nation with a magnificently red electoral map, which as Dr. David Stolinsky points out, “you could drive from Key West, Florida, to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, a distance of 3193 miles, and never pass through a state carried by Hillary Clinton.”

The unruly behavior of Democratic activists, the irresponsible conduct, the inflammatory verbiage, and the contradictory behavior and oratory of the many demagogic Democrats after the Trump victory, as we shall see, attest to the fact that the Democrats would have praised the Electoral College to the skies, if only the reverse had taken place and Hillary had been elected president. Power for the Democrats was and remains everything.

But despite Trump's overwhelming victory, we witnessed the baseless complaints by sore losers and the expressed hypocrisy of many Democratic operatives urging presidential electors to violate their pledge and refuse to vote for Donald Trump, despite the democratically casted votes in those states and the wishes of their voters. In fact only two Electors reneged on their votes for Trump, while four did so for Hillary. Dr. Stolinsky attributes this attitude of the Democrats to “the colossal hubris, the unbounded egotism, that enables current leftists to try to thwart the will of Americans and undo the election.” This is the same narcissism that assures them that they can build a socialist paradise, where all the builders of communism in the 20th century failed, because they are smarter than us and more intelligent than the rest of the world.

And what is the next step in the left-wingers attempt to dismantle the Electoral College? According to an AP report, “More states consider working around the Electoral College.“ First of all, we must realize that the Associated Press, as part and parcel of the liberal mainstream media, when it refers in the biased statement to “more states…frustrated after seeing another candidate secure the presidency without winning the national popular vote,” mostly refers to heavily Democratic states that vote for the Democratic ticket election after election. Thus, “the frustration” and desperation in these particular states is neither universal nor unpredictable.

As the article points out, “The states that have already passed legislation to join the group represent 165 electoral votes. Typically reliably Democratic states, the list includes California, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and D.C. — all states where Democrat Hillary Clinton defeated Republican Donald Trump.”

But this effort should not be ignored outright; ideologically-committed left-wing legislators from other states, including some key “swing” states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Mexico are unwisely and detrimentally to their states’ representation in the federal system, planning to introduce legislation to essentially abolish, all but in name, the Electoral College process. Already 11 states have joined the effort, which began in 2006 and is called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). Why Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona, and New Mexico, among others, would join this Compact is beyond me, and certainly beyond the intelligence, political acumen, and comprehension of those legislators favoring and proposing it. Unless they place party ideology above the interest of their states and their constituents.

As battleground states, these swing states wield a tremendous political influence in presidential elections, and they would be relinquishing these key positions at the behest of selfish, unwise, faithless, and power-hungry legislators and Democratic operatives, who care more about their party, and themselves personally, than the states they supposedly serve. Since efforts aimed at amending the U.S. Constitution require, not only an Act of Congress but also ratification by 3/4th of the states, that route is probably futile.

But the Democratic operatives are undeterred; they are also leading attacks against the EC at the state level, as well as by simple congressional legislation. In 2016, according to NPVIC, there were 162 Democrats and 154 Republicans who sponsored the Compact. It behooves citizens to find out who those legislators are, legislators who are betraying their states and who should be sacked for this betrayal, particularly Republican ones, who should know better. In the case of these stray Republicans, we must ascribe their actions to ignorance or betrayal as RINOS (“Republicans in Name Only”).

All these efforts to bypass the Electoral College demonstrate that these faithless Democratic operatives are much more interested in gaining political power by any means, even undemocratic methods, than in preserving our constitutional process of fairness and the rule of law, on which the American republic is based, a form of governance that has brought so much peace and freedom to the world, preserved our own liberty, and that has ushered in the most prosperity and happiness to any people in the history of humanity.

The reality is that the Electoral College process has shown that it has worked as it was intended, and continues to function well. It has preserved the delicate geographical political balance among the various urban and rural populations of the small and large states of the federal union, and it has prevented small but heavily populated urban areas from dominating the process of presidential and vice-presidential elections at the expense of the rest of the nation.

In sum, the Electoral College is an essential part of our republican from of government that has preserved the integrity and sanity of the electoral presidential process acting with deliberation and wisdom as it was intended by the Founders in our republican form of government. It should be kept in place and cherished!

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. is Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery, ret.) and Adjunct Professor of Medical History (ret.) Mercer University School of Medicine. He is an Associate Editor in Chief and a World Affairs Editor of Surgical Neurology International (SNI). He is the Author of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002)

This article may be cited as: Faria MA. The Democrats’ unwarranted partisan assault on the Electoral College., January 19, 2017. Available from:

Similar but unillustrated versions of this article appeared in GOPUSA in January 14 & and in the Macon Telegraph January 18, 2017.

See a follow up to this article, "Loving California from a safe distance" also published in the Telegraph (Macon), February 7, 2017.

Copyright ©2017 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.


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Democrat insists the Electoral College is archaic!

Readers respond. Enjoy these selected comments from this article in GOPUSA January 17-19, 2017, where a Democrat defends the popular vote and derides the Electoral college.

Joy Bradford: The electoral college was great when it was instituted, but there is no need for it now. I have felt this way whether a Democrat or Republican was running. President Obama won the popular vote both times. Trump didn’t. More people in the United didn’t want Trump to win. Period. So quit defending the electoral college. It is archaic.

Baifist: To Joy B, you must be a democrat. Do you really want California and New York to pick the president every 4 years?

Jeff613: The EC was designed to prevent a handful of states to decide who would be the President, even if it was the majority of the population. Taken to the extreme, lets say ONE state has a majority of voters — say 50.1%. This would mean that ONE state would in fact control the Presidency, which all States must abide to some degree. Remember what U.S. stands for — United STATES. The States are individual entities, with their own governments. The Federal Government is set up for consistency, but States still maintain their own individuality. For everyone else who GETS IT. Isn’t absolutely amazing the incredible system of safe guards our Found Fathers put together over 200 years ago! What is happening is EXACTLY why they put the EC in place! They knew this could happen! Thank God they also put in safe guards of changing the Constitution. Politicians who want to abolish or try to figure out ways around the EC are in effect trying to subvert the U.S. Constitution! They are going against they first obligation they took an Oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic....

The dove: Joy, did you bother to read the article, or was it too full of facts and logic for you? I’m not being facetious, did you read it?

Joy Bradford: Actually I am a Democrat in Oklahoma. Who cares if a state has 50.1 percent? 50.1 percent voted for a certain president. One vote, for one president, end of story. I am well versed in regard to the electoral college and it is out dated. If Hillary Clinton didn’t win the popular vote but won the college the GOP would have a S-fit and you know it. For the last time, the electoral college is no longer needed. More people DIDN’T vote for Trump. You can’t deny that. Trump is obnoxious. I hope the GOP finds there way back to sanity.

Ituser: [Joy: How can we tell our children that your vote counts if a president won the popular vote but does not become president. Ridiculous!]

And how is it any less ridiculous to tell our kids “Your vote counts” when 4 whole cities control the ENTIRE state of CA, 2 cities control the entire state of NY?? If you live in Ca and are NOT in one of those cities, your vote certainly doesn’t count....

Grimm Reaper: This is obvious that nobody will be able to break through the ideological myopia that is part of the left’s psyche. It is hardly archaic. You would understand this if you understood your history – Rome, Greece, Germany, Russia, France. Our US Constitution is pretty brilliant....

Joy Bradford: More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than any other losing president in US history. She had 2.9 million more votes. To: The dove – when your state has votes for mayors, congress reps, governors, etc. the popular vote wins. There might be a vote coming from a farmer out in the boonies and then the vote that comes in from the city. Oh, President Obama won the popular vote both times. Just so you know. There is absolutely no reason for the electoral college. Again, if Hillary Clinton lost the popular vote but won the Electoral vote we wouldn’t be chatting here because this article wouldn’t be here. Instead there would be an article on how to get rid of the electoral college. You know it and I know it.

The dove: [Joy: ”There is absolutely no reason for the electoral college.”]

This is incorrectly stated. Stated correctly, you would have said, "Since my candidate lost, I see absolutely no reason for the electoral college.” At least be honest about it. And, since you have taken it upon yourself to tell us how we would feel if the situation were reversed, allow me the same courtesy: If the situation were reversed, you’d be saying, “Thank God for the Electoral College.”
There is in fact a real need for it; preventing the more populated areas of the country from negating the wishes of a majority of states. You’re telling the farmers and ranchers of the country who put the tofu on your table their opinion doesn’t count. The EC says it damned sure does count.

Spaceswimmer: this is the number that has been reported, but do I believe it? no. Given that the majority democrat states refuse to do common sense things like enforce voter ID and purge voter registration rolls, believing in an intentional miscounting of 2% is not irrational. Especially as every recount showed more republican votes were not counted than democrat votes.

As has been proven every time pure democracy has been tried, it is always a complete failure. Athenian democracy only lasted 2 generations. Pure Democracies vote themselves into the poor house. Even with the constraints of our constitution, Urban populations would vote themselves into starvation – Just look at what many of the urbanites say about water in California (“since only 3% of the California economy is agriculture, it is immoral that agriculture consumes 80% of the water, so send more to the cities and let the farms dry up”). No concern that California provides a large portion of the country’s food supply. Because most city dwellers don’t know or care that food comes from farms – they feel it is created in the supermarket.

GrimmReaper: Joy, you are the weakest link, no wonder your party has imploded. Keep living in denial: 2.9 mill from 4 CA counties – right, and there is no such thing as voter fraud – right, and why did Michigan stop the recount? Another right-wing conspiracy? Nothing fake about!
Oh, really, the media isn’t colluding with the Dems? So all the emails (written by Dems and “journalists” from Podesta, Clinton, and the DNC are not true? Really? Then only the snowflakes are calling it fake – and politicos are using their talents of deflection by way of other “news” to not answer to it. The meaning of a free press is to be free from state interference and influence – both MSM and the Dem party and those politicians are in direct violation of the Constitution on this point! You are an ideologue of the Socialism you extol.

I laugh!

The left claims they have been outraged ever since this happened before in 2000 when Gore won the popular vote and Bush became president. I honestly don't remember the electoral college being the issue for them. It was the recount of votes that they felt would give Gore the presidency. Indirectly, that of course is an electoral college issue, but if so, then you could say everything is.

Let's give them the benefit of the doubt and say they did protest the electoral college in 2000. If we do, then we have to wonder why, in 16 years, they did not do a thing about it.

Not that I wanted them to or that I even think they could have, but there was nary a peep or riot over it from them until Trump won in November. The reason is that they really didn't have any issue with it, as Obama won two terms with the popular vote and they were 100% sure Hillary was going to take the presidency with both the popular and electoral vote.

She didn't, they went into shock, and NOW it becomes an issue.