Once again, our Great Leader Jay (I-need-to-be-president) Inslee wants to make Southeastern Washington voters irrelevant. How, you ask? Our Founding Fathers, who apparently were not as smart as Jay, designed the Electoral College where the most populist states would not be able to bully the less populist states.
The original electoral system worked adequately for the first two presidential elections because on both occasions George Washington was the unanimous choice of the electors for president — the only real contest was the election for vice president for which an overall majority was not required.
George Washington’s decision not to seek a third term and the emergence of partisan political activity exposed problems with the original procedure. Thus the 12th Amendment was developed and was implemented prior to the 1804 election.
In the current Electoral College system, the presidency is awarded to the candidate who wins at least 270 of the 538 available electoral votes. The Constitution gives state legislatures the right to choose how presidential electors are chosen.
Since the 19th century, each state (with the exceptions of Maine and Nebraska) has awarded its electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in that state.
Twice in my lifetime the candidate (Gore/Bush and Clinton/Trump) was elected by the Electoral College rather than the majority vote. Another check and balance thought of by our (old white men, as the left refers to them) Founding Fathers of the election system.
But under the new system being pushed by liberals, states would commit to award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote instead.
“These are archaic relics of a bygone age,” Inslee said, according to the Washington Examiner. “We need progress. We also need democracy, which is one person, one vote. I’ve never understood why people who want to block progress like Mitch McConnell get one and half votes and people who want to defeat climate change only get one. That is a recipe for disaster when it comes to climate change.”
Every one knows in Eastern Washington that as King, Pierce, Thurston and Snohomish counties go, so goes the rest of the state. That is why we need a Western Washington and an Eastern Washington. Jay and his minions would rather we just stay home and let those counties decide our doom.