Below is an edited personal Op Ed first published on March 31, 2008.
Can Americans appeal on the 'Main-stream' Medias to read and understand the reasoning of our Founding Fathers’ wisdom installing the Electoral College in the US Constitution?
By Oscar Y. Harward
America, please listen carefully! Do not allow any of our elected politicians on Capitol Hill or anywhere else in America to tamper with and/or destroy our Electoral College as our process of electing our President and Vice President of our United States. Our current electoral process is sacred. Our Electoral System is not broken, or for that matter, not even stretched, except for those who may hate America and choose to break our Electoral College system and/or our Democratic Republic system of government.
There are some elected left-wing Liberals on Capitol Hill who are now starting the process to introduce and ratify legislation of eliminating the Electoral College process and of altering our election of our President and Vice President of our United States. Unfortunately, there are a few elected left-wing radicals who hate America and desire to destroy our Democratic Republic system of government. Recent reports now show three (3) Congressmen visited Iraq in October, 2002, at the request and expense of now deposed, convicted of war crimes, and executed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. What would George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin, James McHenry, James Madison, or James Wilson, the Electoral College presenter, or so many others say to these current members in Congress and/or these currently proposed changes to our US Constitution and its’ potential corruptive changes? What about John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, Samuel Adams, John Adams, or any of our other authors? God Bless our forefathers’ leadership, their insights, their Wisdoms!
It is for certain our forefather authors of our US Constitution discussed the ideas of voters’ corruption and other corrupt ideas which could lead to a near never ending of counting and/or recounting votes for the President and Vice President. Over the years, we have so much history of alleged voter fraud.
Under our current Electoral College, voter fraud usually can he dealt with in a local precinct, local county, or at worst, in a single state, rather than by so many multiple precincts, counties, and/or states. Eliminating the Electoral College and changing to a total plurality vote could throw the electing of our President and Vice President into an election chaos all throughout America. The Electoral College nearly eliminates multiple corrupt precincts, counties, and/or states from perhaps, changing the final entire election results for President and Vice President of the United States after an extended term in our State and Federal Judiciary.
Our founding fathers had the wisdom to foresee the importance of an Electoral College system which may prevent corruption from destroying the entire election process in the Executive Branch as the President and Vice President of our United States.
Our forefathers set up the Electoral College system to give each state representation based for one vote for each of the two US Senators and one vote for each of its respective members of the US House of Representatives (Congress), based on their population in their respective states.
In general, for example, if there were a 304,000,000 population within the US, and with our current fifty (50) States, each state would be allocated two (2) votes as each of our fifty (50) states have two (2) US Senators. One (1) vote for each 698,851 population persons will equally represent one (1) representative for each of our 435 members of the Congress.
With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, Electoral College votes are, by each voting state, winner take all. In Maine and Nebraska, the winning candidates as President and Vice President get the two (2) Electoral College votes as US Senators, and as each of their respective state’s total vote. Each Congressional District Electoral College vote is given to the Presidential/Vice Presidential candidate winning their respective Congressional District total votes.
Wyoming, the lowest in population (estimated at some 568,000), is the exception as each state has at least one (1) member vote in the US Congress. California is the largest in population with an estimated 36,500,000 people and which has 53 members in the US Congress.
Under a new system of electing the President and Vice President, based on a total majority votes system all over the United States, could lead to perhaps the smallest community in the US, by a very small amount of fraud, lead to corruption which may lead to counting and/or recounting votes in each and every precinct, in each and every county, and in each and every state, just to substantiate the official results.
Changes in eliminating the Electoral College for local corruption may not even change any local, district, and/or state elections; only the election for President and Vice President of the United States. The States’ and the Federal Judiciary could become overwhelmed with a newer election process. We do not need any additional legal fights throughout our entire stretched out Judicial system all over America!
The Electoral College process for electing our President and Vice President of our United States must be protected for our free Democratic Republic system of government. History proves our electoral system is unquestionably the very best.
For all who would choose to destroy our Electoral College process of electing our US President and Vice President, “JUST SAY NO”! Those who force their efforts to change our Electoral College should and must be replaced, themselves, by election.
Our Electoral College has worked exceptionally well for more than two hundred (200) years. There is no need to enter into more additional voters’ corruption. Capitol Hill representatives already have more than their own share of corruption on Capitol Hill. Changing the Electoral College is equivalent to initiating a political earthquake, a hurricane, and/or a tornado combined while Americans lose their individual voting freedoms. We must save America and our Electoral College.
God Bless America!