Donald Trump will take office as the fifth president who lost the popular vote when elected. This first happened in 1824, last in 2000, and also in 1876 and 1888.

The Electoral College doesn’t countermand the Constitution’s intent. It facilitates the intentions of our founders. Questioning its need reveals a lack of understanding of the principles upon which our government is based.

The concept of "one person, one vote" (which emanated from a 1962 U. S. Supreme Court ruling) was explicitly rejected by the founders. That’s why Montana, with approximately 1.1 million people, has the same number of U.S. senators as California with 39 million people.

California has more than 18 times the number of electoral votes as Montana, but 38 times more people. The same math benefits Iowa and other states. Put another way: A popular vote cast in Montana counts for more than twice as much as one cast by a Californian. That’s good.

Elitists in Hollywood, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, along with liberal politicos from places like Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit, have joined with overpaid professors from Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other Ivy League schools in condemning the Electoral College. They want it gone.

Absent the Electoral College, citizens who live where Ronald Reagan called the “real America” will be pushed aside and over-whelmed by coastal elites, international financiers, tax-funded pseudo-intellectuals, big-city mayors, tree-hugging federal bureaucrats, violence-prone race baiters and NPR-addicted yoga fanatics who hate guns and prefer the San Francisco Symphony to Johnny Cash and Al Sharpton to Billy Graham.

Many pro-Hillary snobs are aging hippies of the troublemaking generation that brought America to her knees in the 1960s and early '70s. They chose the president in 2008 and again in 2012. Barack Obama was re-elected after winning only 22 percent of the USA’s counties.

Abe Lincoln won with 39 percent of the popular vote; yes, more than three out of five voters opposed the Republican who freed the slaves. When Bill Clinton won in 1992 and Woodrow Wilson was elected in 1912 with barely 43 percent of the popular vote, Democrats didn’t complain. Nor did they mind when most of the popular votes cast in 1960 election weren’t for John F. Kennedy or that most voters in 1948 voted against Harry S. Truman.

Donald Trump won more electoral votes than Kennedy, Truman or Jimmy Carter ever did. President Gerald R. Ford carried more states than Carter in 1976 when Carter won, and Richard Nixon won more states than JFK.

Trump won all but about 500 of the USA’s 3,143 counties. Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in '08 carried substantially more counties than Barack Obama.

The Electoral College ensures that presidential candidates will visit places which liberal granola-munchers deride as "fly-over country" -- where us regular Americans live.

Presidential candidates must listen to and consider the views and concerns of those that liberal elitists denigrate as hicks and country bumpkins straight out of Deliverance," "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Duck Dynasty."

Trying to eradicate the Electoral College would be futile as doing so requires amending the Constitution. This won’t happen, because 34 states are required for ratification. At least 20 states, and maybe 22 or 23, would block it out of self-interest.

America’s founders were a cut above the herd; they were contemplative scholars whose prescience serves us well. Those great men might not be as well-known nowadays as some of the more enlightened Electoral College foes such as Madonna, Cher, Whoopie Goldberg and Lady Gaga. However, James Madison, George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and the other founders realized that a democracy can devolve into mobocracy.

To obviate such chaos, they wisely created the Electoral College, which instills order and fairness, and preserves liberty. Hopefully, it’s here to stay.

Todd A. Blodgett served on the White House staff of President Ronald Reagan and on the campaign staff of Vice President George H. W. Bush. He also worked for the Republican National Committee and the FBI. Mr. Blodgett lives in Tyler, Texas, and in Clear Lake. 

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