We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Every four years the president is selected by California & New York AND a couple of states that vacillate back and forth between Democrat and Republican. The electoral college smooths out this bias somewhat and at least gives other states the impression that their vote counts too. This year that seems to have been more true than ever. Sure enough California and New York are solidly in the hands of the Marxist Democrats and half a dozen swing states were vying to decide the election but another half dozen or so also became important suprisingly.
The left now wants to do away with the electoral college and use the popular vote. This would allow all presidents to be elected by California and New York. That would be a disaster.
A better idea: Modify the electoral college to give each state 1 vote that would go to who ever got the most votes in their state. That would level the playing field and make all states count.
At least we elect Presidents. The Supreme Court worries me and is a greater threat. The Progressives and left learned their only avenue to force their agenda , in many respects, was via the Federal Courts and ultimately the Supremes.
That has made appointments incredibly political now and there is a very poor track record of "conservative jurists" staying conservative once appointed. They answer to no one. They are the high Mullahs , the wise men and women beyond reproach, and yet, half of them are politically minded and petty.
There is a great idea that's been fleshed out a bit ( can't find the article right now, but it may have been at Am Thkr) to get a state by state movement going to apportion EC votes by precinct or district instead of winner take all. The way a couple of states now do it.
This would give the Progs the big cities for sure, but the parts of NY state or CA that want to see their vote tallied for someone different than the city would. It would be give and take, BUT, it would effectively neuter the status quo of the Proges starting out every election with 220 votes. It's worth pondering in my opinion.
I just ordered a copy. I figure it will do me good to read about how the last Republican administration erred in this direction. If I read about how the Obama admin did the same thing, I'll just be cheerleading the criticism, but this way I'll read with a more jaundiced eye. I'm curious to see whether I missed a lot of it at the time. My dominant memory of things to worry about at the time had more to do with out-of-control spending.