(For dumber readers, please skip ahead to Simple Explanation for Retards.)
BO: [The Founders] knew that Philadelphia, New York, and Boston was overwhelming the rest of the country. And that’s why they designed [the erectoral college].
Krauthammer: I’m not so sure they designed it for that reason. I think they designed it to put a filter between the people and the presidency…it was a way to put the ultimate decision outside the hands of the people.
To Krauthammer’s point, the Founders were deeply skeptical of direct democracy, fearing:
- (1) A Caesar-like figure could amass the powers of a King by manipulating uneducated hayseeds.
- (2) Mob rule could endanger the rights of the minority (the political/religious minority– NOT transgender lesbians).
In a democracy, inalienable rights can be debated and repealed by referendum. Instead, the Founders devised a republican form of gov’t whereby wealthy elites would make informed decisions on behalf of the unwashed masses.
For ex: Until 1913, senators were chosen by state legislatures– in part, so the Senate could conduct its business free from the influence of meddlesome constituents:
Senators elected by state legislatures would be able to concentrate on the business at hand without pressure from the populace.
The erectoral college is a fail-safe. It was designed to save Americans from themselves.
Should the public erect the wrong individual, “men of high moral character” (aka wealthy, educated white males) were empowered to override the popular will:
The immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation…will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations…to afford as little opportunity as possible to tumult and disorder.
That is it’s primary purpose, which Heritage Action’s Michael Needham reluctantly admits after some verbal waterboarding from Chris Wallace…
Simple Explanation for Retards
When Tom Brady throws a touchdown…
It automatically counts for 6 points.
Brady and the New England Patriots are not awarded a slate of 6 electors– each w/ the right to give 1 point to the Patriots, Ravens, or some other team.
If the EC’s primary function was to empower smaller states, then the Framers simply would have assigned proportional numerical values to each state (NY = X points, Philadelphia = Y points, Rhode Island = Z points)– in which case, there would be no need for electors.
The only reason electors exist is to vote against the popular will, when necessary (such as Obama ’08).