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The Wisdom of Our Founding Fathers

Posted in Electoral College, Politics, Presidential Election on December 1, 2016 by authorcarloscardoso

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The founding fathers wisdom is something that all Americans should not only be proud of but be amazed by. Thomas Jefferson said, “That if we were ever to live upon each other like the cities in Europe we would be as corrupt as Europe”. He foresaw that the key to people being accountable and behaving respectively was in small communities. The reason is simple, in small communities people know each other so they care more about how they are viewed and their reputation. Their actions not only reflect on them but their families as well.

This is not meant to say that all people who live in the big cities are corrupt by any means. However, the anonymity of living hidden in a large population allows people to get lost. It’s that example of not seeing the trees because of the forest. That explains why crime rates are higher in the cities than in rural areas. People in cities unfortunately lose that personal connection so it’s easier to disrespect and infringe upon their neighbors’ liberties. Unfortunately as our country has grown big cities have sprung up in all of our states. They are wondrous modern marvels with many great attributes but they also bring problems that allows people to lose their moral foundation.

I’ve moved to a few different states due to my pursuit of happiness that is to say to build a better future for myself and my family. I’ve lived in suburban areas most of my life, have also lived in a small town where everyone actually knew everyone and now technically live in a city. The city I live in is really a suburban style of life with a small city in the center that it does bring some of the advantages of a city. I can honestly say that I miss being close to New York City and all that it had to offer but I could never live there. I can honestly say that the small town was in my opinion the ideal place to live and raise a family. Everyone looked out for one another and no one locked their doors. The children knew all the adults and vice a versa which meant that the kids knew if they did something wrong word of it would get back to their parents.

So what does this have to do with our founding fathers wisdom outside of Jefferson’s thoughts reflected in his quote? The founding fathers when they set up our presidential election system didn’t set it up as a pure democratic system where the winner of the national popular vote would become president. Instead they set up the Electoral College giving each state no matter how populated they were a voice in the election. In this manner the election would truly reflect the will of the people across the country.

This was truly incredible foresight on their part considering the times that they lived in. The country was nothing like Europe, the cities in the States were sparsely populated nothing like Europe yet they put this system in place for the future. In light of our most recent elections the wisdom of this system is undeniable. If you look at the map of the United States by county you see that the country is seriously divided from the largest cities and the rest of the country. The values and desires of the citizens of the people outside of the large metropolitan areas are in stark contrast with the cities. The only protection the people of the country not living in large cities is the Electoral College. Yet interestingly enough there are people who think that the election was stolen when the last presidential election shows the same pattern.

The presidential election results from 2012 would if looked at by the map above by county you would have thought that Mitt Romney would have won yet he didn’t. Those people crying out for changing or replacing the Electoral College because it isn’t fair may be right. Perhaps instead of Electors being chosen by state they should be allotted by county that would be a better reflection of the will of the people. Yes the founding fathers were truly amazing, the Electoral College was a brilliant idea but with more cities and their surrounding areas controlling the political landscape of our states perhaps the change we need is to change it to Electors being chosen to represent counties. Getting rid of the Electoral College would be foolish, changing it to make votes count in states with large cities by changing it to the Electors being chosen by county would be a better barometer of the will of the people.

The 2016 numbers by county are even more telling. In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond and Queens) Clinton received over 2 million more votes than Trump. Clinton won 4 of those counties, Trump won Richmond. Therefore these 5 counties alone accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country. These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles. The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.

When you have a country that comprises almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to suggest that the inhabitants of a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election. Large densely populated Democratic cities like NYC, Chicago, LA don’t and shouldn’t speak for the rest of the country.