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  •  'Dumbing down'? (0+ / 0-)

    That's highly offensive to me.

    The Electoral College is a deeply undemocratic (small D) system by which a small number of states wield ridiculously outsized influence over our electoral system, to the detriment of more or less every major population center in the United States. In combination with the fact that one person in (say) Montana has the equivalent of 40 times as much representation in the Senate as does a person in California, it basically tilts the playing field dramatically in favor of the interests of those in sparsely populated states, and away from the interests of vast majority of the United States.

    Calling a popular vote 'dumbing down' our system is just as offensive as saying the same thing about getting rid of the requirement that voters be landowners. It is a disparaging remark made about a reform that would make our system of government more representative of the actual people who live in our country.

    I understand that small states currently have a great deal of privilege under the current system, and are loath to give it up. And you get the most ridiculous arguments against it, as a result, including the one that says that simply because the electoral college is more complicated than a national representative vote, it is therefore superior. The arguments, in fact, are very similar to the arguments of white (male, straight) people who have a huge amount of privilege and are unwilling to even examine it, let alone give it up.

    But in the end, the inevitable effect of the electoral college, and indeed the only possible justification for its existence, is that sometimes the person who the majority of the US public wants to elect as president shouldn't be president. It's as simple as that. And a more un-democratic result is hard for me to imagine.

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