By Mike Thayer
"You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." ~ Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff for Barack Obama (2009-2010), former mayor of Chicago (2011-2019).
That's a liberal thing to do and it's the very thing Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan is attempting to do with his latest line of B.S. on his blog, Sullivan's Salvos:
*DID YOU KNOW? There were about 750,000 slaves in the US as of the writing of the Constitution – 18% of the US population. Southern states, concerned with losing political power, created the Electoral College to ensure they maintained power without allowing slaves to vote. The Electoral College remains with us today.
There's SO much wrong with Sullivan's statement!
- The premise: What Sullivan wrote is nothing short of a blatant attempt to perpetuate racism, he's not letting the current crisis of race relations and protest go to waste! Under the guise of 'educating' readers in attacking the Electoral College, Sullivan is fanning the flames of ignorance.
- Sullivan lies and inflates numbers: The approximate number of slaves in the U.S. as of the writing of the U.S. Constitution was 500,000, not the 750,000 Sullivan falsely threw out there for readers to consume. But this is what liberal-minded people do, exaggerate the reality because the truth won't suffice. Note that Sullivan, as he usually does, fails to provide a source for his number.
- Flat out manipulation/distortion/re-write of history: Southern states, concerned with losing political power, created the Electoral College to ensure they maintained power without allowing slaves to vote. Here's some REAL history that Sullivan would rather not have you know if you didn't already:
Only the Southern states had large numbers of slaves. Counting them as part of the population would greatly increase the South’s political power, but it would also mean paying higher taxes. This was a price the Southern states were willing to pay. They argued in favor of counting slaves. Northern states disagreed. The delegates compromised. Each slave would count as three-fifths of a person.
Following this compromise, another controversy erupted: What should be done about the slave trade, the importing of new slaves into the United States? Ten states had already outlawed it. Many delegates heatedly denounced it. But the three states that allowed it — Georgia and the two Carolinas — threatened to leave the convention if the trade were banned. A special committee worked out another compromise: Congress would have the power to ban the slave trade, but not until 1800. The convention voted to extend the date to 1808. Source: www.constitutionalrightsfoundation.com
- Sullivan needs a bad guy to push an agenda: Look how he implies that the eeeeevvvviiiiilllll southern states created the Electoral College. And again, note the lack of proper source and reference by Sullivan to support his (cough) statement. Liberal-minded folks hate the Electoral College, they want a popular vote instead. Think Al Gore and Hillary Clinton (shudder). But the Framers were far smarter than people like Rod Sullivan, who is manipulating the current circumstances of protest, destruction and crime, to push the liberal agenda of getting rid of the Electoral College. He is perpetuating racism, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." ~ Rahm Emanuel. Here's some more history, debunking Sullivan's nonsense about the creation of the Electoral College, who created it and why:
Why Was The Electoral College Method Chosen?
The electoral college synthesized two important philosophies established in the Constitution: (1) the maintenance of a republican, as opposed to a democratic, form of government (the explicit constitutional provisions on this issue, as well as the specific declarations of the Founders, will be examined later in this paper); and (2) the balancing of power between the smaller and the larger States and between the various diverse regions of the nation (this second point will be examined first).
When establishing our federal government, smaller States like Rhode Island had feared they would have no voice, and therefore no protection, against the more populous States like New York or Massachusetts. Similarly, the sparsely populated agricultural regions feared an inability to protect their interests against the fishing and shipping industries dominant in the more populous coastal States. These concerns on how to preserve individual State voices and diverse regional interests caused the framers to establish a bi-cameral rather than a uni-cameral legislative system. Source: Electoral College, Preserve or Abolish?
- Sullivan implies The Electoral College is a tool of racism: The Electoral College remains with us today. This is perhaps what is most infuriating about Sullivan's statement. He wants you to believe the Electoral College is based in evil and should be abolished. Sullivan is perpetuating racism and does so with lies, distortions and manipulation. The Electoral College is still with us today because it works, it represents votes, not race. It wasn't a creation of the south, it was a creation of compromise at the Constitutional Convention, it was a choice arrived at after three other proposals to elect a president were debated and dismissed. Here is some more history and analysis Sullivan doesn't want you to read:
While critics assert that the electoral college discourages minority participation. Curtis Gans, of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, explains why this assertion is inaccurate:
The success of American democracy has rested, in part, on achieving a balance between the will and desires of the majority of Americans and recognizing the rights and needs of various minorities. The electoral college serves to protect the latter in national politics. To take the most obvious example, the number of farmers in the Unites States has dwindled so precipitously that nationally they are no longer a serious numerical factor in electoral outcomes—despite the fact that most of the food we have on our tables is due to their individual and collective effort. In a system of direct elections, their concerns could easily be ignored. But because their votes are critical to winning electoral votes in several mid-western and western States, their needs must be addressed, their views must be solicited, and their allegiances must be competed for. The needs and aspirations of America’s African-American population could easily be ignored in a direct election. They comprise perhaps 12 percent of the eligible electorate. But in several southern States, they account for nearly a majority of eligible citizens and they comprise a significant and, perhaps on occasions, pivotal minorities in several northern States. The electoral college insures, in national elections, that their views must be taken into account. Union members, Christian fundamentalists, Latinos, rural denizens are but a few of the significant minorities whose views and needs might be ignored if campaigns were totally nationalized. Source: Electoral College, Preserve or Abolish?
Rod Sullivan wants to abolish something that is good for the country, for all people, and his push is based in lies. Rod Sullivan perpetuates racism, he is in fact, part of the problem.