Fast Focus: College protects us

November 18, 2012 

-- JAMIE WHEELER, Kennewick

Never should the U.S. scrap the Electoral College. It is time, however, to go from the winner-takes-all Electoral College method to a Congressional district Electoral College method like Maine and Nebraska have done. This would be more representative and more encouraging to voters across the U.S. who currently don't vote because of the sense that their vote doesn't count. Like here in Washington where it would take more than two of Congressional District 4 to equal one King County.

Our Founding Fathers were much wiser and more educated than those who have been in D.C. for a very, very long time. This republic was not created on a whim or a 60 second sound bite, but with much due diligence, personal experience and prayer. It is the lack of education that leads to what seems a fix but in reality will make the problem much worse.

Getting rid of the Electoral College would mean fewer than 15 cities would determine the president every election cycle. Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Chicago ... just to name a few. Don't be hoodwinked, Americans. What we need is restoration of our Constitution and a return to teaching of America's solid foundation.

"A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?" said George Washington. (Washington state is the only state in the Republic named after a president, and the best one at that.)

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