Sanders, Clinton, & The Electoral College

Sanders, Clinton, & The Electoral College

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There are a couple of petitions circling around the internet attempting to gain enough signatures to force the electoral college to elect either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton when they cast their ballots later in December. As big of a Bernie Sanders supporter that I was and am (I am still super proud that I cast my vote for him in the primary election), I do not support these petitions.

There is an argument that could be made that since Hillary won the popular vote by about 2.2 million, she should be the president of the United States of America. This argument is not a bad one at all (I sort of agree with it to a certain extent) and I would much rather have a President Clinton, as crooked as she is, than a President Trump, who is far more crooked (the man admitted to not paying his taxes for crying out loud). However, I was able to do what many of Hillary’s starkest supporters were not able to do: I accepted the fact that Donald Trump will be the 45th President. I didn’t make excuse like “Jill Stein and her supporters screwed her over” (because she earned less that 0.2% of the vote and it is factually incorrect). Perhaps if the DNC didn’t hold closed primaries and didn’t screw Bernie over, we would probably not be in the shitty situation we are currently in. By I ain’t living with the ghost! Why dwell on the past?

The Electoral College should not elect Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders when they vote later this month because neither of them won the majority of the electors. History lesson! The Electoral College was created for two reasons:

1. Communication hadn’t peeked yet in the 1700s and it was easier and more feasible to count votes and cast them by region rather than count each individual vote.

2. Our founding fathers didn’t want big cities (such as Philadelphia or New York) to run everything politically.

With that being said, in the twenty-first century communication has evolved a little since then, making reason #1 obsolete. Also, to live in a true democracy, we should be one person, one vote, regardless of whether or not the one casting the vote lives in a big city or out in the sticks. That takes out #2. So what other reason do we still have the Electoral College? Because it has always been there! Is it undemocratic? Sure, but it is tradition and that will remain to be the Republican’s reasoning for keeping it in place. Well I say, screw your tradition! It is undemocratic and if we wish to live in a democratic society (even though we technically live in a republic), we must do away with systems of super delegates and electors based solely on the grounds that it is undemocratic. One person, one vote…that is democratic.

So while I am in favor of abolishing the Electoral College, I think that the electors should carry on with their votes for Donald Trump in this election. The reason? Because it wasn’t abolished for the election. You don’t get to change the rules after the fact because you didn’t like the outcome. It is what it is. But allow me to propose a few questions: Why now are the Democrats railing against the Electoral College? Why didn’t they do it sooner? If Hillary Clinton had won the Electoral College vote, would they be pushing to abolish the Electoral College so hard? Let me rephrase that. If Hillary Clinton had won the Electoral College vote but Donald Trump won the popular vote, would they really want to abolish the Electoral College? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that Democrats are finally on the right side of this issue, but the reasons behind it throws up a series of red flags for me. Could it be because it is what best fits their narrative? Probably.

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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.
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They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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I Absolutely LOVE The Abortion Bill Oklahoma Has Passed

"Men controlling women"? Get over yourself.

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"A pregnant woman seeking to abort her pregnancy shall be required to provide, in writing, the identity of the father of the fetus to the physician who is to perform or induce the abortion." The bill does include exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and when the mother's life is in danger or cases where the father of the fetus has died (and of course, there has to be proof of his death).

A woman HAS TO PROVIDE CONSENT OF THE FATHER in order to abort her pregnancy and I absolutely love this. People in my hometown and state-wide are obviously upset about this because a decent number of them are "pro-choice." They're claiming that this is just another way for "men to control women" and God forbid that gets in the way of their feminist, pro-choice agenda (and I'll address this unfathomable bullshit in a minute).

If you didn't notice already, I'm pro-life. I 100% agree with the bill, even the exceptions. I may be a pro-life Republican, but I'm also a decent human being. I'm sure pro-choice Democrats are either laughing or disgusted thus far, but let me tell you something.

There are other answers compared to killing something that you, or any other woman helped to create. One specifically is adoption. Before you make the cliche argument "Why would I place a child in such a terrible system when I could spare them the agony of a potentially terrible life?" (OR ANYTHING ALONG THOSE LINES), let me shed light on this.

Think of all the couples that desperately want children but have zero ability to have their own. Think about the families that would do anything to raise a child. While you, or any woman, is/are pregnant, there are plenty of adoption agencies that you can visit. You can look through hundreds-of-thousands of files, searching for an amazing family that you like. From there, you can sit through interviews and meet these families that are so. eager. to have a baby. If anything, think of how saddened and desperate Chandler and Monica were when they found out they couldn't have a baby. Instead of ripping away and literally killing a couple's chance of having a baby, give them yours.

A 9-10 month commitment isn't that big of a deal when you think in terms of granting happiness to someone for a LIFETIME. And considering that it's a felony homicide in Oklahoma now.

When you get an abortion, outside of the exceptions listed above, you're selfish. You're only thinking about yourself and the fact that you don't want to be a mom (and perhaps not financially stable--but we shall revisit the adoption topic). Well guess what? Someone is. Give them that chance. And if you're thinking I'm a hypocrite and wouldn't follow through with adopting a baby like I'm preaching right now, you're wrong. I would 100% adopt.

As for "men controlling women," get over yourself. Feminists rant about gender equality all the time and guess what? Think of how many women kept their babies even though their boyfriends, baby daddies, and maybe even fiances and husbands didn't want one. This is the same thing, but a gender reverse. I can think of many guys that wanted to be dads, but their girlfriends decided otherwise with no remorse for their feelings. If the father wants to keep the baby and be a dad, he deserves to fight for it.

It takes two to make a baby. The fathers of these unborn rays of sunshine deserve rights and, in Oklahoma, they just got it. You ladies want gender equality? You just got it. Quit the double standards. Quit your bitching.

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