It's how John Quincy Adams won and not Andrew Jackson that one time. How we had a President Hayes and not a President Tilden. How we had a Benjamin Harrison in-between two Grover Clevelands. It's how Bush v. Gore ended up in turmoil.
I'm not going to petition the electoral college to recant the decision. Because it is the system we have in place. Because we only contest it when it is close, and not when a candidate wins by an indisputable margin. It is the same system either way.
Obama defeated McCain and then Romney by a huge amount. It was wide enough a margin that people didn't even worry about the electoral college. It wasn't part of the discussion because the popular vote was so definitive.
So now, here we are, disputing the thing that has always been there. The thing that Alexander Hamilton helped invent because he believed that only certain people should have a say in how government should be run. “A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated [tasks].” Because he thought that the people were full of "avarice, ambition, and interest that govern most individuals," a middle man was needed.
Are you angry because our new President's name is Trump? And that he has inspired a fleet of angry people to believe that it's suddenly okay to be racist, to threaten, to molest?
Good. Then do something about it. Before we reach the next election.
As of a 2013 Gallup poll, more than sixty percent of Americans, on both sides of the fence, believe that the electoral college needs to be done away with. Sixty-six Democrat, sixty-three Republican. It's perhaps the one thing that most of us can agree on. There's also a percentage of people who don't care either way, which leaves an even smaller amount of people who thinks it's fine the way it is.
That sounds like an awful lot of people who want to make a change to me. It sounds like an opportunity to cross party lines and once and for all base decisions as important as this on the will of the people.
Do something. Don't get bored, don't recoil, don't falter, don't forget.