Why the calls to abolish the electoral college are absurd

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez points at the crowd during the 2019 SXSW conference.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at the 2019 SXSW Conference. (nrkbeta/Flickr)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said the Electoral College needs to be abolished, because in her opinion, it’s a racist scam.  What’s really scandalous, however, is that someone got elected to Congress without having a basic understanding of the Constitution and civics.  

Ocasio-Cortez claims the Electoral College favors mostly white and rural states at the expense of those with large minority populations, but she should understand that the purpose of the Electoral College is to protect minority populations from mob rule.  

In her short time in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has made many outrageous statements. The most vocal and telegenic member of what is known as the “Squad”  has claimed women shouldn’t have children because of climate change. She’s the leading advocate for a “Green New Deal”  which would prohibit driving a car or flying an airplane because “the world will end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” 

She also accused President Trump and Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement agents of sexually harassing her and running concentration camps. She said she saw  children being forced to drink out of toilets. But she mysteriously voted “no” when it came to giving humanitarian aid to migrant children because, you guessed it, Donald Trump is a racist.  

While her past statements could be dismissed as misinformed, naive or childish, Ocasio-Cortez has gone to another level of left-wing insanity in wanting to do away with the Electoral College.   

I don’t blame her. I blame people in power not using their knowledge to educate and inform but to tell people that America is a racist country. The schools have failed these kids! 

Many don’t know that before 1930 very few people went to college and had knowledge of the Constitution, finance, agriculture and how our markets work. Today we have people in office who have no understanding of how to run this country! If we don’t become better educated America is in danger of resembling Europe before World War I or the Middle East when tribal conflicts and 100-year wars ruled the day.  

If regressives ever got their way with abolishing the Electoral College, do they realize the biggest losers would be them? Do they think farmers and ranchers that live in New York or California would want to identify themselves as New Yorkers or Californians if their voices were drowned out by large urban populations?   

If Ocasio-Cortez ever took a civics course she would understand the Electoral College was devised to prevent smaller states warring with bigger states over issues such as slavery, water rights and natural resources.  

Currently, 15 states are signing on to a pact that would essentially abolish the Electoral College, with Colorado leading the charge in rewarding their electors to the candidate that wins the popular vote instead of the will of the voters in that state.   

In the end, if the Electoral College were abolished, we would have a radically different country. 

Jeffery McNeil is a Street Sense Media vendor and columnist. 

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