Basket of Indefensibles

As the popular vote tally comes in showing the increasingly and inescapably illegitimacy of Donald Trump’s “election” pundits appear here and there to defend the Electoral College. They are hard pressed.

Some say it gives voice to rural voters. Though why rural voters should get a louder voice than urban voters, they do not say. Unless by “rural” they mean white. And of course they do.

Some say it would make voting more difficult as every vote from every precinct and every provisional and absentee ballot is counted. I thought every vote counted. In fact we always count every vote unless the Supreme Court steps in to halt the counting and appoint a president.

They say the Electoral College forces the candidates to campaign in every state, not just the big ones. Huh? As it stands, the candidates don’t campaign at all in NY or TX or CA, but harrow the earth in FL and OH. If every vote counted, Democrats would be visiting Idaho for the first time.

As it stands now, the Electoral College obviates the votes of everyone in the United States except for people in a few counties in western PA, western MI, northwestern FL and western WI. In fact, the people in about six counties around the country actually elect the president, about 200,000 people. Everyone else might as well have stayed home.

Not that these counties are representative of the rest of the country or that their denizens are wiser or better informed than the rest of their countrymen. Just the opposite. So in what system does a non-representative bunch of ignoramuses get to make the most important decision in the world? Why ours, of course!

Author: leonardrysdyk

Leonard Rysdyk is the author of more than a dozen novels, stories, articles and poems. His work has appeared in many publications including Snow White, Blood Red, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aboriginal Magazine and the New York Review of Science Fiction. A professor at Nassau Community College, he teaches literature (including science fiction), cultural history (including the history of science) and is an acknowledged innovator in the field of Computer Aided Instruction (CAI), a subject on which he has lectured and consulted.

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