Revolutionary-Era Legislation And Self-Gratifying Liberalization
Politics and Activism

Revolutionary-Era Legislation And Self-Gratifying Liberalization

The future is now, Old Man.


Yeah, I hate the Electoral College.

Yeah, this opinion was incited by my attending a politics course at my liberal arts college. Yeah, I am young and mostly uneducated in the scope of politics.

Yeah, I still hate the Electoral College.

Jump back to a time way back when- a time when the skies still had the bite of winter but the burn of summer at sundown. It is at this time that I was leaving class. Leaving a particularly invoking class, I caught one last glimpse at my peers’ words to “hear out your opposing side” and “listen to understand, not just to respond” that were freshly jotted in the already doodle-filled margins before packing my journal.

Closing my notebook seemingly also closed the route I believed that afternoon was intended to take. Stomping down stairs, slamming open doors, and finally re-emerging into the sweet orange of 5 o'clock, I realized how noisy my brain was with post-class thoughts and thunks. I needed to reflect on this class- now. The discussion was that good.

I quickly wondered how I’d listen to the “other side”, what issue should I side with, and what others were I inevitably about to get to know? These questions subsided as the practically forgotten memory of our asking about the Electoral College grew from an inkling of a thought into a full train of them. This was the moment. The conception of a hatred towards Revolutionary-era legislation.

One line of my note’s section resonated the whole walk home in that orangey warm that finally provoked me into action.

“If you want to change the world, you need to know the world…”

Within the confines of that classroom, upon hearing this statement came visions of grand Euro-trips and other travel-based day dreams, but by scrapping that, I tuned into the sentence’s more primary conclusion- “get up and go understand.”

“What is the point of the Electoral College,” I type into Google’s search bar.

Lauren, your bias is showing.

My stance is seemingly simple for a governmentally uneducated girl. Is it true fair to have the very few (538 to be exact) represent the very many (voting for the past election was about 130 million Americans)? The answer- unsure. The Lauren answer- duh of course not.

As is the way of my attending a liberal arts college in the midst of my generation’s social justice uprising- I inherently feel as if I know what I’m talking about. I.e. I think I’m right. I, who has had one semester of US Constitutions and another of Gov and Econ, feel like I am ready to pave the way to a new outcome of presidential elections.

Just like every other child of my self-gratifying mindset, I sat down at my computer, and made a petition. “‘Not My President’: End the Unfair Electoral College's Power!”: a petition by Lauren Memery- the link is down below.

Here’s the kicker, I may believe that I’m changing the world with my single-signitured petition (signed by yours truly), but I completely missed the “listen to the other side to understand, not respond,” Or in my case- react.

So, with myself becoming “all ears”, I metaphorically “heard out” the pro-Electoral College side by once again… sitting at my computer, but this time to educate myself, like my original intention.

Let the record show that the Electoral College was established back in the drafting up of the Constitution out of fear of the budding democracy becoming a destructive tyranny. It was made as a back-up on the off chance that the country is blinded in a mob mentality of support or rejection towards candidates (Hey 2017, the Founding Fathers want their election outcome back).

They feared violence and unrest would break out to sway opposing voters to a certain side. Unrest surely continues from differing stances on candidates, but violence isn’t a common worry within election season.

With its original purpose slighted, the process of having state representatives double check who will be America’s next POTUS does however attempt fair voting by giving unfair power to less populated states. Once again, the few determine the decisions of the many. This is supposed to save the opinions of the Midwest, but if it’s at the cost of the many people living at the Coasts than how is that fair?

Finally, there is the rule that an elector can oppose the choice of their state and become none other than a non-representing representative.

My intent of understanding the opposition’s stance sadly only solidified my own. I really did try to understand, but the only understanding made was my understanding of how unnecessary this all is. These rules, put in place by those afraid of a hypothetical, tangibly oppress and ignore the literal and current inhabitants of this United States.

So, I made a petition. Maybe a little self-gratifying liberal agenda can change the world, even if our own mind-sets don’t.

Sign here to support the disbanding of the Electoral College:

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Politics and Activism

I Asked 22 People 4 Questions About George Floyd, And It's Clear Black Lives NEED To Matter More

Change can't happen tomorrow, because we're already 100 years behind today.

Taylar Banks

May 25, 2020: the day that will forever be remembered as the day George Floyd lost his life at the hands of cops.

The day that systematic racism again reared its head at full force in 2020.

Keep Reading... Show less

The worlds of beauty and fashion often collide, whether for good or bad. In both, underrepresentation has always been, and remains to be, a major unresolved issue. After the recent killing of George Floyd, many people are rightfully enraged, compounded by the fact his death in police custody wasn't an isolated incident.

Police brutality against Black people is not new, and isn't going away till we start dedicating resources to fighting it. Many of us, as individuals, have only begun in the last week scratching the surface of what it means to educate ourselves on race, historical race relations, and how to be an ally to the Black community.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Feel A Lil' Better: Because You Can Still Connect While Disconnecting From Social Media

Your weekly wellness boost from Odyssey.

No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.

I don't know if you've heard, but there's a lot going on right now, particularly in relation to George Floyd's death, Black Lives Matter, and public protest of racial injustice in the United States. While we can all agree that this deserves conversations, change, and actionable good, social media arguments with Great Aunt Linda are not where social change begins and ends. Spending too much time scrolling through your phone has never been healthy, but now it's even more addicting — what does that one person from my hometown say about this? How can I further education within discussions? Am I posting enough?

Keep Reading... Show less

I don't know about you, but reading is at the top of my to-do list this summer... especially with all the social distancing I'll still be doing. If, like me, you're hoping to pick up a romantic page-turner (or a couple dozen), here are 23 romance novels by Black authors you'll absolutely LOVE reading.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

12 Ways To Help The #BlackLivesMatter Movement If You CAN'T Protest

We can all do better. Join the fight against racial injustice.

The current state of the world has created the perfect storm for change in America. But with change there is always risk. Although protests have sprung up all across America, COVID-19 is still a very real risk. Luckily, you can help bring about change from the comfort of your own home. And no, I don't mean just by posting a black square on social media.

Keep Reading... Show less

22 Black-Owned Etsy Shops With The Perfect Gifts For Everyone In Your Life — Including You

Treat yourself and your loved ones while supporting Black creatives and artisans.

R-KI-TEKT, Pontie Wax, Lovely Earthlings, and blade + bloom on Etsy

The world is taking action against the injustices and under-representation plaguing Black lives, and one small but impactful thing you can do to actively make a difference is support Black-owned businesses.

Etsy is likely one of your go-to sites for gift-buying, but have you ever paid attention to which independent artists and sellers you're buying from?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

True Self-Care Is HARD, That Face Mask Isn't Actually Going To Solve Your Problems

There's a line between self-care and self-destruction.

Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past few years has seen something somewhere about self-care whether it was on Facebook, Twitter, or their Instagram feed. Oftentimes it's pictures of celebrities or influencers sipping green smoothies or slathering on mud masks with #selfcare. It's posts like these that made me realize that "self-care" has become the ultimate buzz word, soaring in popularity but in the process, it's lost most of its original meaning. It's time to set the record straight and reclaim the term.

Although self-care has been around for quite some time, within the past few years it's been misconstrued and commodified as our capitalist society tends to do with things it thinks can be profited off. Self-care is now being peddled as something that can be bought and sold on the shelf at Target rather than something that takes real work to achieve. This fake self-care movement is not only enabling people to over-indulge themselves, but it has created a crutch for people to avoid the responsibility of taking true care of themselves. Instead of doing the work that needs to be done, many people fall into the trap of rewarding themselves for doing nothing at all — this can quickly become an unhealthy coping mechanism, especially with corporations cheering us on (to buy their next product). Long, hard day at work? Just grab your third iced coffee of the day! Fight with your SO? Buy that 50-dollar face mask, it'll make you feel better! This is how self-care becomes self-sabotage and self-destructive.

Keep Reading... Show less

Minorities are consistently under-represented in our day-to-day lives, notably in the world of fashion. It's likely you're looking for a way to support black artists. Whether that's the case or you're just a fashion-lover in general, these brands aren't just some of the best black-owned fashion brands — they're some of the most innovative brands of our time, period.

From luxury staples to fun accessories and loungewear, these brands aren't just stunning names you should definitely be following on Instagram, each honors the founder's roots in unique ways with the power of storytelling through artistic expression that manifests in pieces we can't wait to wear.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments