The tyranny of the national majority
It's cool right now for some to call for ending the Electoral College. But this call is, we feel, a simpleminded call (re)born of a simpleminded time. Geography does count. This country should never be dominated by the people jam packed on top of one another on both coasts. Our Founding Fathers knew better.
Here, a little sanity from The Rocky Mountains.
(From The Colorado Sun)
Our country’s founders understood the threat posed by such a system. In Federalist No. 10 and No. 51, James Madison specifically cited a republican form of government as critical to defending against oppression of the minority.
In fact, he clearly rejected the pure popular form of government because it allowed a majority to “sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens.”