Documents are lined-up for members of the state's Electoral College Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Tradition trumped suspense Monday as members of the Electoral College cast the official, final votes in the 2012 presidential election, a constitutional formality on President Barack Obama's march to a second term. The rite playing in state capitols involved party luminaries and tireless activists carrying out the will of each state's voters. The popular vote from state-to-state dictates whether Democratic or Republican electors get the honor, but the outcome is not in doubt. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The System Worked as Designed

Today at noon, Donald Trump will be elected President of the United States.

Electors in the several states will meet in their state capitols and cast their votes. Most will be guided by the votes of citizens cast on November 8. Today is the Presidential election that counts, though last month was the Presidential election that mattered.

Our Founders had a real and genuine understanding of human nature. They lived in a far more serious time when moral reality trumped moral relativism and truth trumped post-truth. Our Founders knew that men are greedy, lustful, ambitious, lecherous, immoral liars — sinners every last one of them — and that to contain them their ambitions must be placed in a system where the ambitions of each man can be pitted against each other and the combined forces of men can be contained, balanced, and separated.

Because our Founders had a better sense of mankind — after all they had just gone through a bloody war about power and independence — they had a very healthy skepticism of the mob. It was, after all, the parliamentary system they had rejected. In that system, the will of the House of Commons was more and more supreme. There was no court to keep the legislature in check and the executive was more and more becoming a figurehead.

The Founders expressly rejected mob rule. They expressly rejected direct election of the President because of it. Many of the very people today begging the Electoral College to reject Donald Trump are citing portions of the Federalist Papers after spending weeks claiming Clinton should be President because she won the popular vote.

The Founders required, through wisdom, that candidates for President balance the concerns of large and small states. They required support be spread throughout the nation and throughout constituencies. One constituency alone could not win the Presidency.

Therein lies the fatal flaw of the left this election season. They have grown more and more insular and more and more intolerant of dissent and the “other.” They accuse others of being bigots and racists, but they themselves would impose their brand of morality and tolerance on everyone. Anyone who is not like them is “other” and unworthy of consideration. So opposed to perceived bigotry the left cannot see its own bigotry.

That insularity of the left and the left’s intolerance of real diversity — diversity of thought — in favor of superficial skin color diversity where everyone otherwise thinks the same thing has led to this day. After decades of claiming demographics matter and the Republican annihilation was coming, the Democrats never saw what they were doing to themselves.

The result is a bitter, angry party convinced the election that was theirs and only theirs had somehow been stolen, first by the FBI, then by the Russians.

They will spend the next four years watching the arrogance of the last eight undone piece by piece. They, led by Barack Obama, decided to reach too far, too fast because they thought no one could stop them. They did not want to lead, but to demand. They did not want consensus, but imposition.

For eight years the Democrats have attacked the Senate as an anti-democratic institution. They have been outraged that two senators from Wyoming have the same power as two senators from California. They have forgotten their history.

Ours is a history of thirteen individually sovereign nations ceding limited powers to a federal government and joining in federation to do together what individually would have been burdensome. Those states did not surrender all their powers, but only some.

Today, as the Electoral College meets, the left will be reminded yet again that the states matter. And I hope they spend the next four years challenging President Trump through their senators and the few states they control. It will more fully clarify the constitution and restraints on power of the President and federal government. It will force conservatives to sharpen their own arguments. And it will force President Trump to always vigilantly stay on top of his game.

The competition of men and states that our Founders insisted upon will continue working as designed if we let it. And it will serve us far better than the totalitarian rule the right feared of Obama and the left now fears of Trump. Washington is a seat of limited power. We best remember that and I hope the left will now realize a Washington big enough to give them everything is big enough to take it all away.

Let them have their liberal utopian states. But let us all have a Washington that knows its place.

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