They just don't teach government, history or civics very well these days in our schools and universities. Consequently, millions of Americans -- especially the young, but also middle-aged folk -- do not comprehend the genius of the Electoral College.
As we know, many leftists act like petulant children when they can't get their way. In recent days, shameful riots, looting and vandalism, plus assaults on Trump supporters, have occurred from coast to coast. Who knows how long it will take for things to settle down.
But among leftists who at least don't throw rocks and hold up signs like this, there is a movement to abolish the Electoral College and instead elect presidents through the popular vote. Millions have signed on with the National Popular Vote Compact. Shockingly, even some conservatives and Republicans are among their ranks.
It goes like this: The United States was never established to be a direct democracy. We are a constitutional republic, and hence citizens elect people to represent their wishes. Imagine if we had to go to the polls every time a policy decision needed to be made -- on the defense budget, taxes, tariffs, Supreme Court justices, EPA regulations, etc. This is unworkable, to say the least.
Just as congressional representatives and senators represent us (or are supposed to) in Washington, D.C., with the Senate guaranteeing each state equal representation regardless of its population, the presidential electors also vote on behalf of the entire nation.
The electors ensure that even the least populated, most rural and desolate state has a say in who our president will be. And the system protects states' sovereignty -- the notion that each state is its own entity unless the U.S. Constitution says otherwise. (See the 10th Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.")
As it stands, certain states such as California and New York, with 55 and 29 electoral votes, respectively, are off limits to Republican presidential candidates, while other states are generally off limits to Democrat candidates (most notably Texas, with 38 electoral votes). So candidates can ignore portions of the country while campaigning, and not pay much attention to them once elected.
A popular vote would promote a poisonous factionalism that's even worse than the status quo, believe it or not. Once Democrats continue to push unbridled immigration to the point that a few major red states turn blue, it's all over. Large swaths of the country would not be represented by the president. Not only would presidential candidates refuse to campaign in the likes of Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, et al, they would turn a deaf ear to the needs of those states once they were elected.
Do you want the East and West coasts to run roughshod over "flyover country," as the liberal elites like to refer to the American heartland? The Founding Fathers, in their great wisdom, were aware of this danger and wanted to prevent it from happening.
Someone gave a good analogy on the radio the other day: Suppose the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in a World Series, 4 games to 3. The Dodgers won their 3 games by scores of 10-1, 5-0 and 12-2. The Yankees won their 4 games by scores of 3-2, 2-1, 2-0 and 1-0. In total runs scored during the seven-game Series, L.A. clobbered New York, 30-11. But the Yankees won 4 games, and that's what really counts.
As an aside, I think it is highly likely that at least 2-3 million of the votes for Hillary Clinton were fraudulent ballots cast by illegal aliens. The Democrats wrote the book on election fraud, and it is well-known that big city Democrat machines can get the results they are seeking by, shall we say, finessing the vote.
Finally, it is instructive to note liberals' selective preference for the popular vote. Recall that about 30 states had adopted constitutional amendments banning legal recognition of same-sex marriages. But the U.S. Supreme Court overruled them in its landmark 2015 decision, Obergefell V. Hodges. And let's not forget that about 70 percent of the country opposed Obamacare, knowing full well it was poorly written and would prove disastrous. But that didn't stop the arrogant asses of the Democrat Congress from ram-rodding this piece of garbage down our throats.
A little critical thinking, not to mention a better education, would go a long way toward helping millions of misguided souls.