I am well, Connor. Thank you, and I am so glad you are fine. As usual, you inspire me. The thought of your face pressed upon your Canadian window watching the US has sent my imagination running amok.
At the risk of sounding brash, I would most accurately compare the coastlines in the United States to a fishbowl. The people are like fish, peering out of their glasslike environment believing they understand what they see. Blinded by their limited habitat, they can’t understand the atmosphere that exists outside.
Moreover, here in the middle, we see the coastal inhabitants as petty, spoiled, and downright narcissistic. It amazes me that our forefathers, so many years ago, laid the ground for this perception of the difference in personality types relative to the geography of the United States. Where someone would ultimately settle became an indicator of who they were and what they believed. Nearly half of the country’s population resides in the northeast and western coastal regions. The other half lives in “the flyover states” — the vast Plains region and the flat Midwest. For the idea of freedom, this is problematic.
Freedom is nothing if it doesn’t at least strive to achieve fairness. In 1787, at The Constitutional Convention, those with the master plan knew and developed the Electoral College to level the playing field. Without it, only one party would exist, and that would have created a vulnerable system, easily overcome by unsavory, power-hungry characters. History told the forefathers just that, and, as modern as we are, we are not as immune as we pretend. In the best scenario, the center of the United States would serve as a mere prison camp to the coastal cities.
Unfortunately, as of late, on the heels of Hillary’s loss to Trump, the progressive liberals are planning on eliminating the Electoral College at their first opportunity, and that occasion might just be sooner rather than later. Realistically, if the Republicans lose congressional and senate seats in 2018, the moment would be ripe. A Republican would be unlikely to win a Presidential election again in our lifetime.
You see, Connor, the sum of a popular vote would eliminate the people in less-populous areas by diminishing the power of the states. The states, like the people, were, by design, supposed to maintain individuality and control over their unique identity.
Frankly, the thought of the end of the Electoral College frightens me.
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