The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Electoral College:
A Royal Family

Dec 5, 2016

As the last presidential election clearly showed to everybody, people in the U.S. do not elect a president. They only elect the electoral college, according to the U.S. election laws and system. Then, the electoral college elects the president. One may wonder: Who are these people U.S. voters elect, without knowing it?

These people forming the electoral college are handpicked by the political parties, but do not appear in name on the ballots we cast. For example, in California, among the electors are Janine Bera, the wife of Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove; Christine Pelosi, the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and chairwoman of the state party’s women’s caucus; Eileen Feinstein Mariano, granddaughter of Sen. Dianne Feinstein; and Olivia Reyes-Becerra, daughter of Rep. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles.

So, the electors are nothing but significant others, children, or grand-children of the party big-wigs. Apparently the U.S. is electing, not a president, but a royal family.