Some disparage the Founding Fathers’ distrust of the population. They constructed a representative republic rather than a pure democracy, even in a time when voting was limited to white yeomen—those who owned land and had what was considered a “stake in the country.”
What has changed?
We are 50 independent states, never intended to have a central government that makes us all dance to the same tune. The existence of a National Interstate Highway System that connects all the states from coast to coast, with identical fast food restaurants at each interchange, may mean we have bad food habits, but it does not mean we are a unified democracy.
Why the Electoral College?
The Electoral College is designed as part of a federal republic. Rather than weakening it, we should be moving back to our roots. By destroying the Electoral College, we move one step closer to a purely national government, voted on by average voters who have no education about the issues on which they are being asked to vote. In place of an educated decision they vote their, race, their religion, their gender, their sexual orientation, and even illegally vote their immigration status.
As always, elitism rules! Except when it doesn’t. The fact that the U.S. has not had a de facto dictator does not mean it’s the Electoral College that prevents it anymore than gold is responsible for Donald Trump.