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April 2, 2019

The Wise Purpose of the Electoral College

By John C. Greene

Freedom makes men unequal — not before the law, but in their talents and in their property.  The "depraved taste for equality" observed by Alexis de Tocqueville back in 1832 has today become a rising tide among many of our citizens, who have been convinced that it is more important to be equal than to be free.  This "depraved taste for equality" can be seen in calls to do away with the Electoral College and replace it with a popular vote.

One man, one vote.  Equality.  That is very appealing to some.  But it is also foolishly superficial, and Tocqueville rightly characterized the preference for equality over freedom as depraved.

The Electoral College system — especially the original system before it was altered by the 12th Amendment in 1804 — was part of a republican system of government designed by the founders to secure the liberty of the individual: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" (Declaration of Independence :snip: 

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