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I have often said that to me, American politics and elections are for entertainment purposes only. However, we can still certainly pick up important information from the events and trends in American politics and elections activities, information which could be reflective of world-wide trends to be aware of and prepared for.
FoxNews.com (Op-Ed): Trump should broaden his appeal or risk his re-election in 2020Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Ari Fleischer, December 2, 2018
...Hillary Clinton won almost 3 million more popular votes than Trump, who captured only about 46 percent of the popular vote. The only reason Trump is president today is because he won in the Electoral College....
Many on the left in the U. S. have been increasingly complaining about the Electoral College, how unfair it is, and how unreflective it is of the “will of the people.”
Have they forgotten one of the most fundamental concepts they were supposedly taught in high school civics class?
No, I don't think so. At least those in the Leftist leadership have not forgotten why the Electoral College exists. They simply want to get rid of it. And that's not all they want to get rid of.
Why? Simply because they believe that they will have a better chance of securing the presidency in future elections?
No. Maybe the left-wing, robotic masses think so. But, that's not the real reason.
The Electoral College was set up and structured in the way that it is, in order to maintain some sense of balance between the people's will and that of the states. It's the United "States" of America. Remember?
For those non-Americans, and for those Americans who have forgotten, each state receives a proportional number of electoral votes based on population, in other words, the number of the state's congressional representatives, plus two more votes for the state's senators. Each state has two senators. In the District of Columbia's [DC] case, the two additional votes are the senatorial equivalent.
And speaking of the U. S. Senate, this is the governmental body established to represent the states and their associated rights. The elimination of the Senate, I believe, is the next objective of the Left, after its disbanding of the Electoral College. This would be accomplished, presumably through a Constitutional Amendment, if not a Constitutional Convention, which has been brought up more and more, both on the left and the right.
Those duties assigned to the Senate, such as advice and consent regarding executive and judicial appointments, would then have to be relegated to another body. Or perhaps when the Left gains control of the White House again, such oversight will be cancelled entirely, the checks and balances inherent in the Constitution, and carried out through the three branches of government will be thrown out the window.
Centralized control through a single chambered Congress, may eventually be transformed into a parliamentary government. At first, it will look something like France's government, which has parliament, but with a strong presidency. Next, the presidency could be reduced to an increasingly symbolic role, like we have here Israel.
The concern of the Left is not over an overly powerful executive branch, nor even the "will of the people." That's just a front.
The true and eventual goal is to pave the way for the U. S.'s participation in a world government. Transformation into a parliamentary government is simply their next probable step.
But, this all begins with complaints and rallying against the Electoral College, which is just code for the reduction in autonomy of the individual states.