Yesterday’s Electoral College vote prompted a debate over whether this way of electing a president is the best way. It reminds us once again that we are a republic, fashioned after the Roman Republic, not a pure democracy.
The Electoral College has now done its work and confirmed the results of the presidential election. But not before another election in which the candidate who received the most votes lost and caused it to become the object of a debate about the legitimacy of its role in a democratic republic.
The appropriateness of the Electoral College should be seen in light of what our form of government is supposed to be. And our form of government—”democratic republic”—should be seen in light of another expression used prolifically by America’s founders. They talked much of what they termed, “ordered liberty.” They saw order as necessary to freedom.
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