America went from a Confederation of States to a Federation of States. In their time people strongly identified with their states. As a young man when I enlisted in the Marine Corps people still identified with the states they were from, especially Texans ;0) The states were, and in some ways still are tribes which are more easily managed that a huge tribe without much tribal loyalty like the entire USA today.

I agree with much of your criticism of the electoral college but since I'm not a fan of gang rape (democracy on the form of a group having it's way on a minority) I prefer limiting the damage that can be done by the crowd utilizing the force of government.

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