To the Editor:
We got our eyes opened this morning with a message received on Facebook. It concerns the statistics for this country’s voting parameters. It is a strong argument for retaining the country’s Electoral College.
The message stated:
There are 3,141 counties in the United States. Trump won 2,626 of them. Clinton won 487.
There are 62 counties in New York state. Trump won 46 of them. Clinton won 16.
Clinton won the popular vote by approximately 1.6 million votes.
In the five counties that encompass New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond and Queens), Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won four of these counties; Trump won Richmond).
Therefore these five counties alone more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.
These five counties comprise 319 square miles. The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.
When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.
Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc.) don’t and shouldn’t speak for the rest of the country.
And this, children, is why you have an Electoral College. It’s a safety net so that everyone’s vote counts.
When it is considered that so many illegal aliens have been added to voting rolls, particularly in those sanctuary states, it is absolutely compelling evidence of someone’s efforts to undermine the foundations of our country.
We don’t know if the schools in this area continue to teach civics and/or problems in democracy in their curriculums, but an educated population is our best defense against the chances of losing our freedom to people who have no idea of how important responsible voting is.
Along with the number statistics, a map of the United States was shown, and the few little highlighted spots on it show just how very little of the United States is represented by those overpopulated, radical elements. It is actually an ominous sign of what could happen if the Electoral College is taken out of the equation.
We all need to have our votes counted, and those few little areas do not need to have total control of the government when in many cases the votes are bought or bribed away.
Our forefathers were blessed with the insight to craft a solution that is still, 200 years later, the best hope for our country.
Raymond and Mary Eunice Cole