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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:10 PM

We Must STOP the Tyrannical Minority

In the beginning, there were big states and little states. Virginia and Delaware. Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Georgia and New Hampshire. The little states want to make sure that their voices weren't drowned out by the big states, that they couldn't be marginalized or pushed out of the way altogether, and that they could see themselves as equal parts of the American Government. So, the Framers of the Constitution put protections for the small states into that document - giving them a little bit more say, actually, on a per-capita basis, than the big states. One was that each state, even if it was so small it only had one representative in the House of Representatives, would get two full senators. And the second was that each small state would also get an additional two votes representing those senators in the Electoral College.




For most of our national history, the minority never abused these privileges. Though we have recently seen a series of abuses of the Senate filibuster by the Conservative minority.But, the Electoral College wasn't created just to protect the minority. It was also, just like the Second Amendment, put in place in part to protect the institution of slavery in the Southern states.The political problem slave states were facing when the Constitution was written was that there were very few white males the legal voters of the day living in those states. There were lots of slaves in those states, but they weren't allowed to vote. So, if the president was elected by the national popular vote James Madison originally argued for, very few votes would be coming out of slave states to elect the President of the United States.And the Southern slave-owners lived in constant fear that some northerner President might try to undo slavery sorta like Lincoln actually did. So, the slave states and the small states got the Electoral College to select the President, giving them those extra votes they would have lacked if it was just a national popular vote. Which brings us to today.Now that the Republican Party has been hijacked by the Billionaire Class, a very small one-percent sliver of our nation, they've taken unprecedented steps to abuse the Electoral College.




In the first election after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, hundreds of millions of dollars in outside spending by oligarchs like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson put Republicans in control of the traditionally blue states they'd targeted, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan. Once they got charge of the state legislatures, Republicans gerrymandered congressional districts to increase the number of safe Republican seats and fracture safe Democratic seats. That's one reason why House Democratic candidates received more than a million votes more than House Republican candidates around the nation last November, yet Republicans still hold a majority in the House of Representatives. And Republicans are now using these gerrymandered states to push their boldest step yet to rig the next presidential election. It looks like it's going to happen first in Virginia. Instead of a winner-take-all system, Republicans want Virginia's Electoral College votes doled out based on which presidential candidate won each congressional district, with an extra two votes going to the state's popular vote winner. Republicans in Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan are considering similar changes. And, RNC Chair Reince Priebus recently threw his support behind the idea. Just how big of an advantage will Republicans have thanks to these changes? Consider this: President Obama swept the six main battleground states of Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin last election. Since it's a winner-take-all system, the President got 106 Electoral College votes, and Romney got zero. But had this new scheme been in place before the last election, then the President would have only gotten 47 Electoral College votes, while Mitt Romney would have won those states with 59 votes, even though he got trounced in the popular vote in each of those states. And had all the states in the nation made these changes, then Mitt Romney would be our president today, even though he lost the national vote by millions.




Billionaires and the Republicans they own know they're a minority in America. Their hard-right bigotry toward gays and women turns off young voters. Their xenophobia and mistrust of non-whites have turned off a growing minority electorate. And Reaganomics has been exposed as a scam. So, today, the majority of us have to do something before the billionaires take over completely. And the best way to do this is to embrace more democracy. When it comes to the Electoral College, we need to scrap it altogether. Republicans in these states mentioned earlier are trying to pervert the Electoral College so they can steal future Presidential elections.



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http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/14125-the-daily-take-with-thom-hartmann-we-must-stop-the-tyrannical-minority

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Reply We Must STOP the Tyrannical Minority (Original post)
Segami Jan 2013 OP
elleng Jan 2013 #1
Dawson Leery Jan 2013 #2
Phillip McCleod Jan 2013 #3
Jamaal510 Jan 2013 #4
Stonepounder Jan 2013 #5
defacto7 Jan 2013 #7
Segami Jan 2013 #8
defacto7 Jan 2013 #10
defacto7 Jan 2013 #6
Egalitarian Thug Jan 2013 #9

Response to Segami (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:18 PM

1. Damn right!

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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:27 PM

2. k/r

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:58 AM

3. man that was like reading a detective novel on fast fast forward.

 

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:58 AM

4. I don't understand why

this country hasn't already gone with the Popular Vote method. Seriously, what is so complicated about "majority rule" and 1 person=1 vote"? To Hell with the Electoral College.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:18 AM

5. Because it would require a Constitutional amendment.

And there is no way the Republican state legislatures would never ratify the amendment.

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Response to Stonepounder (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:30 AM

7. Given time,

legislatures can change. We had better make those changes as soon as we can. The "GOP mob" will twist, lie, cheat, steal and kill to keep their white, male, fanatical religious, corporate and social control, and they are the ones whose backs are against the wall. We had better act like WE are the ones under siege and take back what's left of America.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:51 AM

8. If republicans ever regain control of the Senate and WH,

I believe we will witness the most tyrannical, facist, oppressive period in our history. They will change this country like its never been changed before.

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Response to Segami (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 01:14 AM

10. I think you are right on the money.

We came as close in November as I ever want to see it, even if most of it was just a perpetuation of the lie. People were smart enough and worked hard enough to keep us from that tyranny you talk about. But we are not out of that hole yet and we had better keep up the pace.

Unfortunately, the cynical side of me says that even if we pull ourselves up to a point where we feel we have accomplished the goal, the apathy will set in again and we could find ourselves facing that oppression all over again. Greed is too deeply imprinted in the human psyche.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:23 AM

6. Absolutely, positively agree!

Scrap the electoral college. It's a stupid, antiquated system that opens up possibilities that were never meant to be. It opens up a way to destroy democracy.

Dump it!

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:07 AM

9. Like so many of this nation, and the world's problems, the people that benefit from the

 

injustice are the one's that have to change it. There are several changes to our Constitution needed in order to more evenly balance society, but the process is so onerous that we can't even manage to get 24 words that state it is wrong to discriminate against someone because of their sex through.

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

A century before we got to the sorry state, it took 4 amendments to finally outlaw slavery.

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