To the Editor: In reply to Weiland Ross, (Journal, April 2).
The founders of the nation owned property; a “tyranny of the majority” was not a reality in their time. The issue was protecting the property interests of slave-holding states. The Electoral College was about electoral parity, as can be seen by virulent debates about balancing free states with slave-owning ones in the six decades leading to Civil War.
“Mob rule” was invented, as is its later incarnation by President Reagan, “Granny State.” Democracy in America is at risk only beginning with the Electoral College. For example, a rural voter has two to three times greater representation than his counterpart in populous states like California, New York and Florida. Minority rule is accepted because it resembles an institution when it is a rationale for self-interest by a numerical minority.
There is more: Rule-making in the U.S. Senate is so obscure it needs a parliamentarian to sort them out. For example, a single senator nixed President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court but soon after reversed his reasoning with President Trump’s choice.
Then there is gerrymandering, which yields control in the U.S. House to representatives of the Republican Party, who are handily outvoted by an aggregate of people who voted for their opponents.
The founding fathers feared mobs like the one that ravaged the Capitol on January 6. They would have few doubts about how those who incited them should be treated.