On Changing the Rules
The electoral college, Lord help us, is a rule that pretends to protect the little states against the big ones. We can do better, and we must -- other countries do. But let me find a note of hope in this grim picture. Since the beginning of time, a majority of people have favored the death penalty and the oppression of women. Yet in Europe, the death penalty has been outlawed, and women have made great strides, because cooler heads have come to prevail. Even Turkey has foresworn executions in order to be accepted among more civilized countries. And all this has happened in a few decades. Here, we’ve had a setback, harkening like Islamic extremists, to the barbarity of fundamentalism, but that cannot last. It’s too cruel, too mean, too stupid.