An article in the Toledo Blade called, Red-state Mississippi sits out this year’s election, author David Shribman writes, “The Electoral College converts the American electorate into an Orwellian animal farm, where some states are more equal than others. There’s a real campaign in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, and maybe a half-dozen other places. Only one element of a classic fall is missing in Mississippi this year. There’s no presidential campaign.”
He continues, “But there’s no campaign here [Mississippi], where the GOP will win in an easy autumn stroll, just as Republicans will in Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, and both Dakotas. Nor is there a campaign in Illinois, Washington, Oregon, and California, where Democrats are confident and Republicans are in retreat, if not virtual retirement.”
Is this a true democracy? The terribly outdated concept of an Electoral College does not fit with a 21st century democratic United States. Yet, we are stuck with it. It would take a 3/4 majority of states to overturn that Constitutional requirement and the small states would never vote to repeal it. They receive their ‘power’ from such a set-up.
It must be terribly boring to live in Mississippi or California this autumn, with nothing to occupy the idle mind. Of course, folks there might want to come to Ohio where things are terribly exciting and anything but boring.