ELECTORAL FOLLY

Here's a news flash.  We live in highly partisan times.  Republicans tried to block every action by President Obama including the appointment of judges.  One man called for impeachment upon the election.  Members of the Democratic Party have opposed everything President Trump has done.  Impeachment talk is rampant. 

In the days before high speed travel and communication, the Electoral College was the only way to elect a president that was possible and fair given the parameters surrounding the formation of our country.  I fear it is not so today and truthfully, if what I'm about to describe comes to pass, the very future of our republic will be at stake.  The Electoral College system has produced minority presidents.  When it has happened (such as in 2016 and 2000)  the margin was so tight it didn't cripple the government.  The winner could still govern. Partisan opposition has always been rooted in politics and policy, not vote counts.   What follows is a worst case scenario but it is none-the-less possible.  I'll leave it to the reader to imagine the consequences if a result even close to this occurs.

FAIRHARBOR

Fairharbor is a fictional small island with an equally small population.  Being fans of the United States, the fledgling little nation has divided itself into states and has adopted the Electoral College systems. The small population is divided into two bitter political and ethnic rivals, the Greens and the Reds.  Here are the populations of states A thru G.


In the Electoral College, presidents are elected with winner-take-all separate elections in each of the  states.  In this case the voters in each state voted along party lines with these results:


THE RED CANDIDATE IS DECLARED THE WINNER EVEN THOUGH THE OPPONENT HAS WELL MORE THAN DOUBLE THE POPULAR VOTE TOTAL.  (GREEN 71%  RED 29%)

Remember, it's winner-take-all and for example the Reds won State G's 7 votes and the Greens got nothing despite being just one popular vote less than the Reds.  In effect over 40% of that states population might as well be invisible.  Fairharbor's Green Party received over 70% of the vote but the candidate favored by the minority Reds won.  The last I heard the Greens were considering an armed"correction" of the system while the Reds were looking into making the winner the  permanent dictator.