Skip to comments.Salon: The Electoral College Is Racist, But They Should Stand Up Against Donald Trump
Posted on 12/18/2016 2:06:59 PM PST by Kaslin
The left wing publication Salon is now hoping the Electoral College blocks President-elect Donald Trump from officially winning the presidency tomorrow, this time by stating (again) how the system is racist. Oh, and how Trump is the avatar of white supremacy:
History often comes full circle. It can be darkly ironic as well. The Electoral College, an institution that helped to protect the white supremacist ignominy of black chattel slavery could now become the instrument used to stop Donald Trump, the avatar of contemporary white racism.
Politics and history are messy and complicated. Many people prefer simple stories about Americas past and present. In the flat version of history, the Electoral College was created in the 18th century by the Framers as a council of elders who would serve as a check on the passions of the public, because they understood how such feelings could all too easily sweep through a democracy like a forest fire if left unchecked.
In reality, the Electoral College was part of a larger compromise that tried to balance the economic interests of different regions as well as the competing desires of various elites. That compromise created a hybrid federal system of government that gave equal representation to each state (in the Senate) but also allowed for representation on the basis of population (the House of Representatives).
America was also a racialized democracy where several million black people would eventually be owned by whites as human property. The enslavement, exploitation, rape, and destruction of black bodies were the economic engine that drove the American economy. Thus, by both design and intent, the United States Constitution was a pro-slavery and pro-Southern document. The Electoral College was central to maintaining Americas white supremacist slavery regime.
One of the redeeming features of Americas political culture is an ability to learn from the past and to view democracy as a work in progress. This long arc of progress does bend, sometimes upwards and at other times downward. But in total the United States has shown a remarkable ability to expand its understanding of democracy and personal liberty — even though the election of Donald Trump represents a significant deterioration.
In these dark moments, hopes and dreams are powerful acts of personal resistance. To that end, we can hope that the Electoral College will stop Donald Trump when it convenes in the state capitals on Dec. 19. Under the Constitution, the electors are free to stand against the bigotry and racism of Trump.
Uh no—not all the electors are free to vote as they please. Though its constitutionality is in question, 29 states have binding laws in which electors must vote for whoever won the state. Those who resist or refuse to abide by their states respective election laws are removed and replaced, with the possibility of charges being filed against them. So, its a rather futile exercise. The small cadre of electors who want to block Trump, Hamilton Electors, have tried to challenge these laws in the courts and lost.
The article also cites how Thomas Jefferson won the 1800 election due to the skew in the Electoral College thanks to the slave states. Actually, Jefferson won due to winning the cities, and he also won New York. If Adams had won New Yorks 12 electoral votes at the time, he would have won re-election. So, lets just take a chill pill on the whole slave state skew theory.
Trump will be president, but heres the thing that liberals seem to forget. They can try and boot Trump in four years. This isnt the end. Permanent victories are not possible in this country since public opinion changes constantly. Instead, theyre whining about how Clinton got more popular votes (which doesnt matter), racism Russia, hacking, the FBI, and James Comey.
Help! We’ve fallen and we can’t get up.
The biggest fear of these race baiting clowns is that we, the voters, are NOT racists.
You know, comes a time when -- instead of refuting barking moonbunnies -- you simply tell them to STFU.
That time has arrived.
Who cares with these childish idiots “think”?
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Well they FINALLY pulled the Race Card.
That understanding of the EC is so consulted it totally defies what the founders themselves said
Salon: You’re part of a racist system that should be abolished, but please do us a favor by overthrowing the election.
Waaaaahhhh!!! Everything I don’t like is Racist!!
The race card is all the honky snowflakes suffering from Post Election Snowflake Trantrum Syndrome (PESTS) have left. They are so pitiful.
The Left has been in a state of stunned delusion ever since the election. They have the collective fantasy that somehow Trump will not actually become President and somehow ,someway Hillary will be made President. They are not going to take it well when their comforting, imaginary narrative is shattered. There are not enough therapists, hospital beds or confinement areas to handle the soon raging lunatics.
Stopped reading at the second “democracy”. If people don’t even know what form of government we have, their opinion isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit.
Now they know how we felt when Ozero was elected the first time, and come to think of it the second time also. The left harps continually about Trump not being qualified to be president. Tell me how Ozero was qualified because he sure as heck wasn’t.
I agree. Go ahead and lecture us for the next two years about how awful we are. The time will fly by and you will certainly change our minds.
The fact of the matter is that they don’t think!! They only feel and emotionalize things.
Virginia, a slave state which had one of the largest populations in the 18th century was disadvantaged in the EC. James Madison saw to that!
Somebody should tell them Trump winning the election was the last thing that stood in the way of them getting shot by the disenfranchised producers.
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