Hi Dave, thanks for reading and responding. I certainly appreciate and agree with all your points, especially on how the Electoral system has failed. In allowing Trump to assume the role of president, depsite losing the popular vote (overwhelmingly), the Electoral College failed to do their most basic, fundamental job: to protect a citizenry that might be easily duped or swindled.
The founding fathers also feared a tyrant who could manipulate public opinion and thus come to power. They imagined that no one would be able to manipulate the citizenry with the electoral college in place. They also believed that the Electoral College could not be manipulated over time by foreign governments. Of course, they never imagined a world where a hostile foreign government would engage in psychological warfare by means of social media, actual fake news, and online political discourse that would be capable of tearing tight-knit families apart.
I, too, am interested in knowing why so many Americans decided to waste their privilege of voting (by not voting at all). But it doesn’t matter; what’s done is done. The point is (and I remain hopeful in this) that the American people who weren’t paying attention before are paying attention now. I have a gut feeling 2020 will look much different, gerrymandering and voter supression efforts aside.