One of the serious problems that one often sees with from some on the left is a lack of knowledge and/or acceptance of the basic concepts of the Constitution and the American government. And Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was at it again providing a head-scratching answer in response to the left’s concern about Judge Brett Kavanaugh now being on the Supreme Court.
GQ correspondent Julia Ioffe whined about the fact that both President Donald Trump and President George W. Bush had been able to appoint two judges each on the Supreme Court despite the fact that they “didn’t win the popular vote.”
Yes, that’s the way it works. There is no “national popular vote” for president.
Maybe if people say it slowly, they’ll get it? Not…a…direct…democracy, the United States is a … constitutional…republic.
Nope, guess not:
First, of course, once again Ocasio-Cortez shows she didn’t spend enough time in school when they were discussing history and government. Or perhaps they weren’t teaching civics there.
It had nothing to do with slavery. If anything, it helped end slavery.
From Washington Post:
If anything, it was the electoral college that made it possible to end slavery, since Abraham Lincoln earned only 39 percent of the popular vote in the election of 1860, but won a crushing victory in the electoral college. This, in large measure, was why Southern slaveholders stampeded to secession in 1860-61. They could do the numbers as well as anyone, and realized that the electoral college would only produce more anti-slavery Northern presidents.
The electoral college was specifically created to prevent the concern of the mob rule of a direct democracy and a potential dictatorship, as well as to account for the interests of the states so that the less popular states were not always overwhelmed by the popular ones (like they would be by California and New York today) if this were eliminated.
And the concerns of the more popular states were then addressed by the House of Representatives which were based on population.
And as the WaPo article notes, if you got rid of the Electoral College, you are up-ending the whole concept of federalism.
But Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only Democrat who seems not to grasp the concept.
In the wake of her loss, Hillary Clinton has shown, repeatedly, that she doesn’t get it.
Ocasio-Cortez joins a growing number of Democrats, including Clinton, calling for the electoral college to be replaced. In a September 2017 interview with CNN, Clinton told host Anderson Cooper that she believed the process was outdated and needed to be replaced. “We’ve moved toward one-person, one-vote, that’s how we select winners,” said Clinton. “I think it needs to be eliminated. I’d like to see us move beyond it, yes.”
One year later, Clinton once again called for the electoral college to be eliminated in an opinion-editorial for the Atlantic, arguing President Donald Trump was a racist who was damaging American democracy.
“Move beyond it.”
No, how about we move beyond Democrats efforts to do in our Constitutional system?
Americans tried to school Ocasio-Cortez.