Once again our Electoral College has managed to vote into the presidency a person who did not receive the popular vote.
Demonstrations have been breaking out through out the US including here in Virginia, a state that is clearly Clinton. It amazes me how the topography of this state has changed through the years from a devout conservative, republican state to a democratic one. Do we really have the right to rebel against our own constitution, created to uphold freedom of speech, religion, and human right? Granted people are not perfect, but is the constitution the best it can be? Do we have the right to make changes? Should the popular vote elect our presidents? Should we amend the Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College?
The presidential race was close, closer than most even believed it could be. The biggest problem with a two-party system is choice–only two are presented. How many people did not go to the polls and vote because they believe their vote will do nothing? If one million people think this, if two million people do not vote, if three million decide to stay home those votes have been lost. How many thought this way? Every voter that stayed home and did not cast a vote for Clinton helped Trump win.
Government is a mandatory class for 12th graders. I had to take government, all my daughters had to take government. My youngest, in 12th grade, is taking government this year. All those graduating from high school should have a general understanding of how our government works and should understand that the more densely populated sections of the country are the deciding vote. Hence, if you are not living in one of these areas it is most crucial you go vote to offset the votes cast in those areas.
Like many, I believe we need to eliminate the Electoral College and simply go by the popular vote, which is most representative of the people. What do you think?