Electoral College:  The Setup to Protect Slavery

The Electoral College was devised to protect slavery in the US.

The Framers of US government feared the power of America's true majority. I once argued with an associate at work who said that I was ignorant and very negative after making the statement that a citizen's popular vote does not really count when you go into the booth to elect the president and vice president of the US. You can look at it this way:  In 2000, the electoral-vote majority went to a candidate who got fewer popular votes than his opponent.

The Electoral College was drafted by the Framers at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 who distrusted democratic elections. The delegates chosen to elect the president were called an assembly of "demi-gods" by Thomas Jefferson. The Compromise was reached between delegates from southern states and those from northern states during the 1787 United States Constitutional Convention. The debate was over whether, and if so, how, slaves would be counted when determining a state's total population for legislative representation and taxing purposes. The issue was important, as this population number would then be used to determine the number of seats that the state would have in the United States House of Representatives for the next ten years. The effect was to give the southern states a third more seats in Congress and a third more electoral votes than if slaves had been ignored, but fewer than if slaves and free persons had been counted equally, allowing the slaveholder interests to largely dominate the government of the United States until 1861.

The electoral system was created because of chattel slavery. Without a great deal of regret, James Madison thought, "The right of suffrage was much more diffusive in the Northern than the Southern States, and the latter could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes." The substitution of electors obviated this difficulty." In 2004, Gary L. Gregg wrote in National Review Online, "It's the electoral college that keeps the values of traditional America relevant in the 21st century, and the electoral college that helps rural America balance the immense cultural, economic, and social power of urban centers." In other words, it prevents majorities from changing America.

The Electoral College is not apportioned by the number of voters; it is based on the size of the representation of each state in Congress.  Under the infamous three-fifths rule, slave states got to increase their representation by three-fifths of the number of slaves in their state.

Washington strategically has Americans believe that it plays the world, but in essence, it is the US voters who have been played!