With every election the Electoral College comes up in discussion. Soon, the same thing will be said of Russian Interference with our elections. We’ll talk about Russian interference, but we won’t do anything about it.
Technically speaking, the Electoral College has been unnecessary for some time. When the founding fathers set up the U.S. Constitution, communications were transported by way of a rider on horseback. Telephones, faxes, and emails were not available, nor were they considered. Many would argue it is time to eliminate the Electoral College, and go with a philosophy of one person, one vote.
The primary reason the Electoral College still exists is laziness on the part of modern day politicians. The second reason involves manipulating the vote. The Electoral College can, and has, blocked the majority vote. Rationalizations for maintaining the Electoral College includes preventing states with larger populations from having undue influence. (This suggests one person, one vote is not a valid philosophy, and that some people should have more voting power than others, because of their geographical location.) Alexander Hamilton stated, the Electoral College is if “not perfect, it is at least excellent,” suggesting “the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” (That argument no longer has any foundation, or validity.) It has also been argued the Founding Fathers wanted to counterbalance the will of the masses, or the “tyranny of the majority,” and avoid ignoring minorities. (Considering what has taken place with American Indians and Blacks, that argument seems to be flip-flopped.)
Just as with the Electoral College, President Trump was helped by the Russians in winning the Presidency. President Trump, and the Republican party, have no reason to punish Russia for their win. They may even be able to use Russian influence to their advantage in the future. And, based on their current behavior, the Republicans would not turn it down. The Republican Party was initially appalled by Donald Trump’s associations with Russians, but quickly got over it. They are currently defending the President’s behavior, and ignoring his friendly relations with Putin, and the fact that he has not yet implemented the congressionally approved sanctions against Russia.