But but…Hillary Won the Popular Vote!!!!

Posted by Troy on 21st November 2016 in Current Events, Political

So what?  The contest was for the Electoral College, not the popular vote.  If a football team got 400 yards and scored once during a game and their opponent got 200 yards…but managed to score twice off those 200 yards… guess who won.

1 – The idea that Hillary won the popular vote is moronic.  If anything, it proves that she didn’t run a good campaign.  She liked fundraising and holding events in friendly places and all but ignored the sea of Red that is the heartland.  Obviously, she didn’t know how to allocate her time effectively.  Trump would have run a different campaign if he needed the popular vote, and he may have won the popular vote if that was the goal.

2 – Some states stop counting absentee ballots if there is no need, so her popular vote gulf is overstated.

3 – It doesn’t matter because the Constitution states that the Electoral College is how the President is chosen.  There is no way to undo this.  Even if you passed a Constitutional Amendment tomorrow, it would only be good going forward.  Of course, I suppose that you could get 30+ electors to switch their vote, but that would surely lead to civil war.

Everyone is upset about the Electoral College.  Let me explain the Electoral College so that it makes sense: The founders wanted THE STATES to choose the President.  So it is THE STATES that vote for the President, not the people.  Now, every state allows their people to choose who the state will vote for.  Whenever you want to understand the Constitution, remember this:  The Founders wanted to balance the three forces: The States, the People, and the Federal government.  The House of Representatives is for the People.  The Senate was to represent the States (and it should go back to being chosen by State Legislatures, but that will never happen because people are too ignorant to understand why the Founders did anything).  Inside the government, checks and balances are used to prevent any function of government from taking control.  But this is a story for a different time.

Long Live the Constitution!

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