Tyranny Of The Majority

For those of you who have suddenly decided that the Electoral College, as established by our forefathers in the U.S. Constitution, should be abolished because you didn’t get your participation trophy, I present to you the reasoning behind this system.

Please read the definition of “Tyranny of the Majority”.

A situation in which a government or other authority democratically supported by a majority of its subjects makes policies or takes actions benefiting that majority, without regard for the rights or welfare of the rest of its subjects.

– Or –

The phrase “tyranny of the majority” (or “tyranny of the masses”) is used in discussing systems of democracy and majority rule. It involves a scenario in which a majority places its own interests above those of a minority group, constituting active oppression comparable to that of a tyrant or despot.[ Potentially, a disliked ethnic, religious, political, or racial group may be deliberately penalized by the majority element acting through the democratic process.

– Or –

A situation in which a group of people are treated unfairly because their situation is different from the situation of most of the people in a democratic country

Now it is my humble opinion that most of you who are whining about the injustice of having won the popular vote and yet not winning the office would also be the first to proudly thump your chest and state your moral superiority as to your caring and compassion for all minorities.

So here we have a system meant to give all citizens a voice and now you want to cause social upheaval because you didn’t get what you wanted.

Up to now I spent my entire life living in Pennsylvania, and a majority of it living in a county with a large rural area.

Every election most all of us felt the same way.

Although our area and district would vote over whelming in one direction, it really didn’t matter because the major metropolitan areas to the east (Philadelphia) and to the west (Pittsburgh) always out numbered our votes and therefore controlled the state.

We had no voice.  We felt like a whisper in a shouting match.

There we sat, always subjugated to the will of the two areas that could care less about us poor, ignorant, dirt farmers in Pennsyltucky.

The money and the attention always went to the majority areas because that is where the votes were to be found.

We lived as subjects to the “tyranny of the majority”.

Imagine how more empowered we would have felt and been if our county’s votes had at least a greater portion of power in the final outcome.  If we would have felt our votes had meant something.

Again to all of you now calling for the over throw of the Electoral College, are you sure you want to repeal a system that is meant to give power to the minorities, just because you didn’t get what you wanted.

Remember this, you pick up one end of the stick, you pick up the other.

© Otis P Smith and About the Groove, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Otis P Smith and About the Groove with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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