Yesterday, I was reminded that many of our citizens don’t understand the Electoral College System that was set up by our Founding Fathers. On Sunday there were multitudes of people protesting a few blocks from our church in effort to end the Electoral College in our nation. They were screaming and shouting about putting an end to the Electoral College as they marched up and down the steps at our Capitol Building. They are screaming for the popular vote to be the deciding factor in our democracy! I see several problems with this ideology…
First of all, we live in a republic and not a democracy. In fact we have never lived in a democracy. A democracy is a system of government control by the whole population of the people. While a republic is a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives. The way we exercise our power as the people is through the representatives that we elect. People try to say these terms mean the same thing, but the fact is that they do not. In a republic we elect people who then do the voting for us. Our Congress is a great example of this. I also believe that our Electoral College is another good example of the Republic at work which brings me to my next point…
The second problem I see with the ideas being thrown about by this group of protestors is the fact that we live in Nebraska. We are a lower population state in a country called the United States… meaning the only way we will ever receive any representation in a national election is through the Electoral College System. Let me explain by getting you to think about what the United States of America achieves and has to achieve. It controls a wonderful land going all the way across a continent, and it is spread across that land without benefit of colonies. And that's because people can control things in their own states and exercise their very important control over the federal government through their states. So, they say that Donald Trump didn't get the popular vote, but think what a shame it would be if the president could be elected from just a few pockets of great population that are found in places like New York and California. That would be the bigger shame for those of us living in the Midwest. These population pockets where far more liberals live would become like regional capitals and the rest of us would be like colonies with no say in our country on the national stage. So it matters where people live in America. And the whole country gets represented through the Electoral College System.
The framers knew they needed a system that would represent the entire country. Whether you live on a farm in the Midwest or in a populous city on the East Coast you can be represented in this system. The system our framers created does exactly what it is supposed to do. In my opinion the national popular vote means nothing because it is about who wins the popular votes in each state and then about who wins more electoral votes from those states, not the national popular vote. Under that system, even a state like Nebraska can have relevance on the national scene.
That's why we shouldn’t get rid of the Electoral College. It is the same principle that was applied to the House of Representatives where each state has proportional representation based on population, while in the Senate each state has an equal voice of two Senators. This keeps everything balanced. The entire system that our fathers gave us is truly ingenious and it makes perfect sense. Sadly, a bunch of spoiled little losers want to go out and change the rules after they lose. I wonder if the roles were reversed if we would be hearing all this complaining? I would guess not… it seems to be a broken system only if their side loses.
I think the saddest thought of all is that this shifting in our nation that we are witnessing is truthfully a direct move towards communism. Yes, I said, communism. Many want to think it is dead today, but really it is alive and well in this Social Justice movement that is going on in our society today. We are slowly drifting away from the ideals of our republic form of government established by God-fearing Christian men. We are leaving behind these prosperous ideals to chase after the ways of poverty stricken nations trapped in communism and lead by pagans.
We need to pray for our nation and we need to win more souls to Jesus Christ. The greatest thing that we could do for our nation is to influence our communities through God’s Word which would definitely favour the form of government that our Founding Father’s created.
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley