Perhaps Franklin should have added one more item to his list of certainties: dishonest people will always exist—and they will always cheat. It’s part of the human condition.
Unfortunately, no election system can turn dishonest people into honest ones. Where people are vying for power, there will always be motivation for fraud. The best that an election system can do is to throw up as many hurdles as possible to dishonesty and to minimize its effects.
The Electoral College accomplishes both of these goals far better than a direct national election can.
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Stewardship of our freedom is an endless task as discontents in society seek to destroy the system of government that has produced the greatest measure of freedom ever known to mankind.
The best contribution we can make to the preservation of the nation is to defend the great ideas under such attack today. Have gracious conversations, BUT HAVE THEM. Do not be intimidated by those who desire to reshape America in the mold of past failed states. Instead let's celebrate American exceptionalism and never apologize for it!