What the electoral college of the United States of America is, how it works and why it determines who is the winner of the presidential elections.
In this video coaching newsletter, I discuss the electoral college of the United States of America and how it functions to determine who wins the Presidential election. I discuss how this levels the playing field of voting power evenly across the fifty individual Countries, or States, that make up the Democratic Constitutional Republic of America, and therefore, prevents a small minority of highly populous states from imposing their will on the rest of the country. I explain how this is yet another way that the Founding Fathers of the USA sought to protect the freedom of the individual by distributing voting power evenly across the whole Republic, so the voters of each state had equal voting power no matter how big or small their population sizes were.
THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
• “The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.”
• “The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators.” In the United States, there are two Senators from each state that serve in Washington D.C. as the federal government. Each state also has their own legislature consisting of Congress and a State Senate. The whole idea was, the union of 50 countries, the federal government, would represent the interest of the countries when dealing with other foreign governments, and the business of running the actual states and doing the things the states needed was reserved for the states themselves. It was to spread the governing power amongst the states.
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• The Presidential election is held on November 8th.
• “Each state’s electoral votes are counted in a joint session of Congress on the 6th of January in the year following the meeting of the electors. Members of the House and Senate meet in the House chamber to conduct the official tally of electoral votes.”
• Prime ministers are elected by members of parliament in many western democracies by forming coalitions. If you look at most of Europe, you have social democracies where you don’t have a president, you have members of parliament. What’s different is, the members of parliament get together, and they typically form factions based on voting blocks to get a certain number of majority to support an individual person from the parliament to be the prime minister of the individual country.
• Not all states had large populations due to climate and geography to produce food, etc. California and Florida are two states where you could grow and produce lots of food, and both states have lots of natural resources.
• Each state is a country. We are a democratic constitutional republic. A union of 50 individual countries.
• Electoral college distributes voting power evenly amongst all of the states, despite their population sizes. This levels the playing field and prevents 1 or 2 states with large concentrations of voters, (such as New York and California), from deciding every election and imposing their will on the rest of the country. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 or 4 million votes, but if you look at how many people in California voted for Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump, she got millions more votes in California alone. If we didn’t have the Electoral College, we literally could have one state deciding for the rest of the country. That’s not fair for other states that happen to be in the middle of the country, that aren’t going to be as highly populace, but they’re still their own country. The citizens of Oklahoma, Kansas or Missouri, or any of the states that happen to be in the middle of the country, would be having one state a thousand miles away deciding what the policies are going to be that will affect or influence their people.
• Like attracts like. Liberals live near other liberals; conservatives live near other conservatives, etc. Birds of a feather flock together. If you look at Electoral maps, it’s so interesting. It doesn’t matter what party it is, but you get concentrations of people that vote a certain way all living together in certain communities. You can see that spiritual truth by the distribution of voters. People who are like-minded tend to live together. They are naturally drawn to one another.
A lot of people think we need to get rid of the Electoral College, but it’s been this way since our founding. If you look back over the last 50, 100 years, the makeup of the citizenry tends to change. I teach self-reliance, and what I love about the country I live in, the United States of America, is the number one most important thing that our whole country is based upon is the freedom of the individual. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an atheist or you don’t believe in any kind of divinity. The bottom line is, the way the laws are written is based on the assumption, going back to natural law, that we are in this world, each of us as an individual, because it is the will of the creator, whether you believe in a creator or not. It’s automatically assumed that it is the Lord’s will you live here. Therefore, you are granted rights from the creator of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s not about collective rights. It’s about rights of the individual.
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“The United States of America is not a democracy. A democracy is mob rule. Whatever the majority wants, they get. Historically, 100% of all democracies have devolved into tyrannical governments. The Founding Fathers of the USA studied history and looked at what worked and what didn’t work and what led to tyranny. Concentrating too much power in a small group of rulers caused tyranny 100% of the time historically. The United States of America is a Democratic Constitutional Republic. It is a union of 50 individual countries with their own Governors, (leader/president), and Congress. An electoral college, and not a majority of voters, elect the President of the USA. Each state is allocated electoral voters equal to the number of members of its congressional delegation: one for each member of the House of Representatives, and one for each Senator. Electoral voters are mandated to vote according to how their individual state’s voters vote in the presidential elections. This helps to prevent highly populous states like California or New York from imposing their will on the entire country. The freedom of the individual is paramount, primary and supreme and takes precedence over the collective opinion. As per the Constitution, all rights are God-given, natural rights based upon natural law, not from the State or man. The Constitution is written, legal evidence of this truth and natural law.” ~ Coach Corey WaynePhoto by iStock.com/franckreporter
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