Today we have those who refuse to accept the election of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States, claiming that he was not elected by the majority or even that he as a man is illegitimate and/or unqualified to hold the office. First of all, we don't elect a President by majority vote of individual voters for the reason cited in the opening paragraph. Secondly, to claim that a man who meets the requirements of the Constitution, our governing document, is not legitimate is not only foolish talk but it is dangerous talk. And to claim that it is because of fake news which has been repudiated, even by both the CIA Director and the Director of National Intelligence today, makes it laughable. There is no basis of fact in the claims and it is especially disheartening to find a number of members of Congress, persons elected to follow the Constitution by the oath they take upon swearing in, to support such folly.
Why did our Founders set things up this way? Well, large heavily populated states with large urban areas would likely win every national election. It would also mean that the country would have to look at a change in the way the Senate is made up since the Constitution gave each state, both the large and small ones, two Senators each. Somehow I doubt my liberal friends would fight changing that while pushing for a pure popular vote.
The Left still has an advantage today in the electoral college because a total of eleven states have sufficient electoral votes to win a Presidential election, but they have to campaign hard and are unlikely to achieve that goal routinely and that's what happened this year. Donald Trump actively campaigned in a number of traditionally Blue States and won them and that was the difference. He consolidated statewide votes in areas outside of the cities and cut the victory totals internally to a smaller margin for the Left so that he pulled out he win. It was truly a history making event and a marvel of masterful campaign politics.
Today, if we operated under a vote total national winner takes all manner, rural America would be totally ignored and urban America, where incidentally we have most of our problems and most of which is controlled by one party, would run rampant over the rest of America. The Founders displayed genius, recognizing problems not faced in America in their day directly, but realizing what the future would bring. And to call Donald Trump an illegitimate President shows the lack of knowledge of American history as it actually took place that unfortunately so many hold today.
So, on this Martin Luther King Day, I would recommend that Congressman John Lewis, a true leader in the 1960's civil rights movement and others who have taken the foolish stance on Trump, open their eyes and their hearts and get with America. The election is over, Trump is the legitimate President of the United States and Lewis and his compatriots are on the wrong side of history. In three days and a wake up, Donald Trump will be sworn in as President. Live with it or hold your fire; show you are an American and accept reality.