That upstart New York politician, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs to understand politics a little bit better before she gets to DC next year. Ocasio-Cortez beat long-time New York Representative Joesph Crowley in the Democrat primary, and is pretty much a shoo-in to win the congressional seat next month.
But the problem isn’t that she’s going to DC. It’s that she’s woefully ignorant when it comes to the ways of our country. Here’s a for instance (and Hillary…you may want to listen to this too!). Ocasio-Cortez, and Clinton have both called for the abolishment of the Electoral College because it sometimes (five times to be exact) allows the popular vote winner to actually lose the election. On the surface it only sounds fair. However, if you delve a little deeper into the why, you’ll understand it a little better.
Our Founding Fathers were actually pretty smart. They realized way back in the 1780’s that there would be states with greater populations than others, and that if they elected the president by virtue of the popular vote alone, it would basically shut out smaller states from having any say. By giving each state the equivalent number of votes as they have Representatives and Senators in Washington, it closes the gap. That means that states like North Dakota, or Utah, have just as much chance to be the “swing state” as California or New York or Texas. Otherwise, politicians would spend their time in a dozen cities or less, and would forget about the rest of the country (like Hillary apparently did).
By having the Electoral College in place, we are insuring that politicians represent ALL of the people, not just those on the three coasts. So, the midwest, which by popular vote standards wouldn’t amount to a hill of beans, does end up getting some attention… not just Iowa with their first in the nation political circus known as the caucuses. And no one would ever venture farther north than New York City in the east. New Hampshire, even with it’s first in the nation primary, wouldn’t get any press. And to think we’d be denied seeing the first in the nation voting in Dixville Notch!? That in and of itself is un-American!
Even if Ocasio-Cortez and Clinton were serious in their belief, it would be an impossible feat. In order for that to happen, both houses of Congress, by a two-thirds super-majority would have to agree. Then it goes to the states, where each state legislature debates the proposed constitutional amendment, and votes. A total of 38 states (three-fourths) need to ratify the proposed amendment for it to become an amendment to the Constitution. Congress traditionally sets a time limit for the states to vote one way or the other on the proposed amendment.
There is another way…if three-fourths of the states (again, 38) decide to hold a “Constitutional Convention”, they can propose it, along with any other changes to the Constitution that way. If they do pass it, with 38 states agreeing, it becomes the law of the land. But, there is a reason this method has never been tried. Let’s say the left is successful for calling for a Constitutional Convention (or a Constitution of States), and proposes abolishment of the Electoral College. IF they get 38 states to go along with them (highly unlikely), then it’s gone. But the caveat here is that say some conservative group decides to propose their own constitutional amendment that abortion be illegal. Again, if 38 states agree, it’s law. And the left has to go home thinking that they somehow got screwed because of the process.
That in a nutshell is why the Electoral College will never be abolished, especially in the current political atmosphere. It’s just too damn divided. Neither side will ever get the requiste numbers either in the states, or in Congress to get it passed. So, let the left scream and shout…they are just trying to relieve some tension after such a humiliating defeat as losing the Supreme Court for the next generation.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!