It’s one of the aspects of the American system of elections that makes the nation unique in the world. It is the Electoral College, and the people who believe in strict majority rule absolutely hate it. The problem with it for them, though, is that the law that created the system of electing the president sits in the actual U.S. Constitution, and is, therefore, next to impossible to change. Over 700 attempts have been made, and none have been successful.
So, Democrats, who lost two presidential elections thanks to the Electoral College despite reported majority popular votes going to their candidates, are looking to make an end-run around the way presidents are elected by changing the law.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a vocal critic of President Trump, on Thursday introduced two bills to eliminate the Electoral College and prevent presidents from pardoning themselves or their family members.
Cohen introduced the constitutional amendments on the first night of the 116th Congress, both digs at Trump….
“In two presidential elections since 2000, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her opponent, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College,” Cohen said in his statement announcing the constitutional amendment. “Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office.”
“More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. Senators,” he added. “It is past time to directly elect our President and Vice President.”
Cohen’s bills are actual proposed amendments that will not pass out of Congress at this time. However, there are efforts to change state laws so that electors would have to vote for the popular vote winner nationwide, which negates the peoples’ vote within any one state, not that that matters to the Democrats.
The truth is that the direct election of senators is an affront to federalism itself. And that is something that Democrats who deny that they are living in a Republic refuse to admit.