The issue isn't republican or democrat, Hillary or Donald--the issue is that when the US was formed, when our constitution was written, we were truly a collection of individual states. To me, the issue is that the world has shrunk to the point where "one nation" may be the most important phrase in our pledge. |
One issue is our mobility. I don't know what the statistic is, but most people I know have lived in more than one state in their lives. Just this year, one of my sons lived and worked in L.A., Austin TX, and NY, NY. My grandparents' nine grandchildren, who all grew up near NYC, now live in seven states, on both coasts and in the middle. In a world this mobile, states' rights don't have the importance they did when the constitution was written.
The idea of a republic goes back to Plato's Republic. The rationale behind his thinking was that the average citizen wasn't intelligent/educated enough to vote, and that their chosen local electors would make decisions for them. In today's world of the internet, cell phones, TV, etc, and universal education, everyone can read, everyone who chooses to can be informed, and there's no reason for everyone not to be able to vote. If the laws for the nation were uniform, our system would be fair. But with some states giving 100% of their electoral votes to a candidate who might have won by 1 vote, while other states proportionally divide their votes between electors of all parties, we're not all playing the same game. When states choose their electors in caucuses attended by a fraction of their citizens, while other states have primary elections, we're not all playing the same game. And when a majority of the citizens don't bother to vote at all...
One last thought--you keep mentioning NY and CA as being so different from the rest of the country, but NY is far more than NYC--upstate NY is a land of farmers. You can drive for miles and miles and not see another car or person. Lots of cows--and gorgeous scenery. CA, outside of the big cities, is also a farm state.
I don't think the issue of the electoral college is a partisan one or an issue of who won this year. It could swing in the opposite direction in the next election. The issue is whether we still need it as is, modified, or eliminated, and whether our presidential election laws should be uniform across the states, or left as the hodge-podge they now are.