The disaffected left is increasingly lashing out at the foundation of American democracy by calling for the electoral college system to be abolished. Over the weekend we noted that Michael Moore had seemingly lost his mind after visiting Trump Tower and leaving a note for the President-elect which read: "You lost. Step aside."
I was able to get into Trump Tower & deliver him a message: "You lost. Step aside." SS took the note I wrote up & went 2 give it to him.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) November 12, 2016
Moore also tweeted out a "to-do" list for democrats which included a suggestion to "abolish the electoral college and electronic voting."
My 2nd To-Do List: #6. Abolish electoral college & electronic voting, Election Day on the weekend, restore voting rights of former prisoners
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) November 13, 2016
But calls to abolish the electoral college system aren't just coming from the far-leftists like Moore. As Politico pointed out, failed 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, is also calling for the system to be scrapped saying it "should have been abolished 150 years ago." As a side note, Dukakis lost both the electoral college and popular vote in a landslide victory for George H.W. Bush in 1988.
“Hillary won this election, and when the votes are all counted, by what will likely be more than a million votes. So how come she isn’t going to the White House in January? Because of an anachronistic Electoral College system which should have been abolished 150 years ago,” he wrote Sunday in an email to POLITICO.
"That should be at the top of the Democratic priority list while we wait to see what a Trump administration has in store for us. So far, all we know is that dozens of lobbyists are all over the Trump transition — a strange way to drain the swamp."
Meanwhile, Hillary has also called for an end to the electoral college in the past:
“I believe strongly that in democracy we should respect the will of the people, and to me that means it’s time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president,” she said at the time, shortly after her own election to the Senate. “I hope no one is ever in doubt again about whether their vote counts."
Of course, with a 2016 electoral college map that looks like the one below, it's no wonder that Democrats would want to abolish a system that provides influence to people outside the major metropolitan areas of the Northeast and West Coast.
But despite what the disaffected left now says about the "outdated" electoral college system, there was and still is solid reasoning behind it's existence. The power of the individual states weighed very heavily on the founding fathers who created the electoral college system specifically to avoid the mass centralization of power in high population density areas. And, while we certainly understand why the left would look to now discredit such a system, the fact is that there would be no United States of America without it as smaller states simply never would have opted in to the union.
Per the map above, absent the electoral college system, presidential elections would be almost entirely determined by a handful of cities including New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. And while the left would prefer to ignore the opinions of those in the "fly-over" states, we would suggest that their representation in the electoral college is a vital underpinning of American democracy...without such representation we're not sure why the fly-over states would choose to remain a part of a union where they had no say.