[Marxism] Fwd: Who's to blame for Trump's victory? | SocialistWorker.org
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Fri Nov 25 17:36:22 MST 2016
The Electoral College distorts the whole system of presidential
elections. Because most states' electorates overwhelmingly favor one
mainstream party over the other, the candidates don't spend their
resources to campaign in them.
This year, that meant ignoring the three of the four most populous
states in the country--California, Texas and New York--and the millions
of ordinary Americans who live and work in them. Instead, the major
parties concentrate on about 10 or 12 "swing states" that are more
closely divided, knowing that winning them is the key to winning the
Just think about if the president was elected on the strength of the
popular vote nationwide. The campaigns would be forced to address
themselves to the aspirations of the multiracial millions in the great
industrial/service/transportation centers of the country: Los Angeles,
Houston, Chicago, New York City.
Instead, a massive amount of attention is devoted to winning in a state
like New Hampshire. No offense to residents of New Hampshire, but its
statewide population is much smaller than any of those four largest U.S.
cities. And New Hampshire is much whiter and wealthier than the country
as a whole.
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