The mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system . . . which has escaped without severe censure. . . . I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm that if the manner of it be not perfect, it is at least excellent.
-- Alexander Hamilton
Until the election of 2000 I had always thought that the Electoral College was an outdated, archaic system that had outlived it's usefulness. It only made sense to me that the president should be elected by the popular vote of the people. One man, one vote. To be honest if Bush had won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College, like Al Gore did, I would probably still believe that a president should be elected by the popular vote. Since I voted for Bush, and my man won, I was forced to defend the Electoral College system and in the process my eyes were opened to the brilliance of the Founding Fathers in devising it. The entire Constitution was an attempt to strike a balance between monarchy and mob rule. They were probably even more afraid of mob rule than monarchy. This is why they formed a representative government full of checks and balances to protect the individual. A house of representatives that would represent the interest of the individual and the senate that would represent the interest of the state. It is also why they formed three branches of government to check the power of any single branch of government. Enumerated powers that limited the power of the Federal government. The Federal government would be the supreme law of the land but it was clearly understood that the state would possess every power that was not granted to the Federal government. There were the original 13 colonies and the small colonies feared domination by the larger more populated colonies. If not for the electoral college the highly populated states would always elect the president. The same holds true today. If you look at a map of the United States it is mostly red, except for the large cities. This is where the large population centers are and the most liberal areas of the country. If not for the Electoral College Hillary Clinton would have been elected by the large cities, just like Al Gore in 2000. Thank God for the Electoral College.