A lot of cray cray has come out of 2016’s Presidential election. I think one of the silliest, some might say disturbing, situations that we caught a glimpse of is the budding bromance between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. I’m actually quite amused by the friendship. But maybe that’s because I understand the importance of a positive relationship between the two leaders of the two most powerful nations on planet Earth. Isn’t that a good thing? Isn’t that what we want? Isn’t that the point of diplomacy? Russia could nuke the poop out of the U.S. at any given moment. The U.S. could nuke the poop out of Russia at any given moment. Don’t we want to be on Putin’s good side? Doesn’t Russia want to be on Trump’s good side? I’m just thinking out loud. But as bromances go, this one is going down in the record books.
A lot of furor has been espoused by millions of people over 2016’s crazy Presidential election. Quite a bit of the uproar has been spawned by a misunderstanding of how the United States elects its President. It seems that a few of the people angered by the recent election result believe that a nationwide Presidential election is what takes place every four years in the United States. It is not. Many people believe that a nationwide popular vote should determine the Presidential winner. It does not. I understand that there are other issues that people are enraged about. But in this commentary we are only dealing with how the President is actually elected in the United States. The fact that Hillary Clinton got 2.8 million votes more than Donald Trump nationwide is a moot point since the United States does not elect its President through one nationwide election. We elect our President through 50 statewide elections, plus D.C., in order to ensure that every single state is represented by the voting process. Otherwise, as in the case this year, if we did elect our president through one nationwide election, only the 20 states that Clinton won, plus D.C., would be represented by the White House versus the 30 states that Trump won. Now that is highly more unfair than a candidate winning the nationwide popular vote but losing the election due to the fact that that candidate did not win the necessary statewide elections to secure the Presidency. Another number that shows why the nationwide popular vote is moot is the amount of counties Trump won versus the amount of counties Clinton won. Trump won 2,623 counties, the most since 1984. Clinton won only 489 counties, the least since 1984. Do people really believe that 489 counties being represented by the White House is fair to the 2,623 counties that would not be represented? This is a republic folks, not a democracy. Nationwide Presidential elections do not exist in our society. Statewide elections that are later pooled together for a final tally is what we have. The Electoral College is such a genius concept. 2016's election cycle is a prime example of why our system is so vital and why it works “Big League”.