What is the purpose of the electoral college and why are Democrats campaigning against it? Michael Knowles breaks it down on Wednesday’s episode of “The Michael Knowles Show.” Transcript and video below.
You have Elizabeth Warren calling for the abolition of the electoral college. It's not just her. Beto O'Rourke just today came out and said there's a lot of wisdom with abolishing the electoral college. The electoral college, one of our oldest institutions for one of our most important decisions, which is electing the president, and you now have the mainstream candidates of the Democratic Party calling for its abolition.
Why? What is the purpose of the electoral college? It has a few purposes. One, it's to restrain pure democracy. Very good, very important, that's a wonderful thing. What is another purpose of the electoral college? It doesn't just restrain democracy — let's say all of the American people voted for super-duper mecha-Hitler or they elected Stalin Jr. to be president, the electoral college could then come out and say nope, sorry we are going to disagree with the American people and we're going to elect a good candidate, so there's that aspect. The other way that they do it is by removing the vote for president, one or two degrees from the people, which is very important because the people don't elect the president. The people participate in votes in their states to choose electors to elect the president, but the people don't elect the president. We are not a democracy; we are a democratic republic. We have a representation system of government.
This is very important. It's important for the preservation of liberty because once you have more direct democracy, you see liberty disappear. The tyranny of a mob is worse than the tyranny of a dictator, or of a bad monarch, or somebody like that now calling to abolish that. Now they're going to abolish the electors, and they're going to abolish the electoral college — but don't worry because a major Democrat, if not the leading Democrat in the country Nancy Pelosi, is calling to allow 16-year-olds to vote. So they want to destroy the electoral college, but then they want to expand the electorate to include 16 year-olds. Why? In her words, so that she can capture them when they are kids — when they're impressionable when they're immature when they're juvenile when they're uneducated when they are being indoctrinated by leftists in the school system, while they've still got them. The presidential candidates haven't come out for this yet, mark my words, at least one of them will come out for the before the end of the primary.