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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Electoral college is outdated

  • The election, thankfully, is over. No more "My opponent sacrifices babies to Satan" at least for a year (maybe) until the mid-term election season starts.
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  • To the editor:
    The election, thankfully, is over. No more "My opponent sacrifices babies to Satan" at least for a year (maybe) until the mid-term election season starts.
    I wonder why Americans have to endure a year-long campaign season when no other nation takes that long to conduct elections. Not to mention the actual process of voting hardly a model of efficiency. Why does Florida take three days after the election to decide who won. Must be American Exceptionalism.
    Ideally, a few weeks will pass before the usual broadsides appear in the paper from the media relations branch of the Leavenworth County Republican Party. I doubt that the chief scribbler, Mr. Maduska, can contain himself that long but one can hope.
    Here is a thought. Write about doing something useful like explaining the value of the electoral college. The founders, like all men of property at the time, were afraid of mob rule with some justification even with a very small electorate (white male property holders). Election days in the 18th Century always were awash in rum.
    Americans were a heavy-drinking bunch back then. Also, as I recall, they were afraid that the interests of small states would be overwhelmed by the more populous states.
    But is this rationale still valid? A Democrat in Kansas might as well vote for the Blue Moon Party for what difference his vote makes for national level office. Same thing for a Republican in Maine. I know that there is absolutely no chance of a constitutional amendment but some states allot electoral college votes based on the popular vote instead of the usual winner take all. What is wrong with that?
    Since constitutional perfection is a fetish for the modern radical reactionaries of the Republican Party, how about justifying the existence of the electoral college.

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