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Abolish Electoral College? Sure, and why not let ‘majority rule’ on the Bill of Rights?

John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

When we were kids on the playground and there was an angry dispute, someone would always shout “majority rules.” And we’d vote.

If the losers didn’t like the outcome, there were two options: punch the winners in the stomach or take the ball and go home.

It worked on our playgrounds because a punch in the stomach isn’t the end of the world, exactly. You could punch a kid, or he could punch you, and half an hour later you could both ride your bikes to a convenience store for a Slurpee. You could always find a ball somewhere. There was always the next afternoon to get out there and play.

But is majority rule any way to run a country — of 50 separate but united states — if what you’re interested in is protecting the rights and the liberty of all?

When it was weak, the American political left was keenly interested in liberty and the rights of the minority. But now with power just exceeding its grasp, on the verge of flipping the Senate, the left wants to change the rules we’ve lived by since the early 1800s and abolish the Electoral College.

There are two reasons they want to abolish the Electoral College:

 

One, of course, is Trump. And the other is power after Trump.

President Donald Trump won the election in 2016 through the Electoral College, not the popular vote. And now he’s stubbornly holding on to the dream that his court challenges of elections in key swing states will flip reality on its head and give him another term at the expense of Joe Biden and the Democrats. I don’t see that happening.

Yet he persists. This enrages his opponents, though wasn’t Hillary Clinton applauded for telling Biden before the election not to concede under any circumstance? That a close race would come down to absentee votes and the counting would drag out? That was her advice.

Unofficial totals show Trump received about 73 million votes this year, more than he got in 2016. But Biden received about 79 million votes, almost 6 million more than Trump. Yet if Trump had picked up just a few thousand more votes in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia, and took those states’ electoral votes, he would have won the White House in 2020.

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