The afternoon ride home found me tuning in – purely by accident – to a station on the far left side of the FM radio dial. The March 6 Crosstalk program was anything but far left, so I listened.

The program emanated from the VCY America Radio Network in Milwaukee, Wisc. VCY America Radio executive director Jim Schneider was the host and the afternoon guest was Ed Martin.

According to his bio at https://www.vcyamerica.org/crosstalk/, Martin is the president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, as well as affiliated organizations Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund and America's Future. Martin was nominated by Schlafly to succeed her as the president of the Eagle Forum organizations. He is a lawyer who holds advanced degrees in medical ethics and philosophy and was chief of staff to former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt.

The March 6 topic was about the Electoral College. (Fortunately, there was little debate regarding its necessity.)

Calls to Crosstalk came in from around the nation. There was a call from Washington, a call from Minnesota, a call from Pensacola, Fla., and then a call from a small town in Ohio which seemed to confuse the host.

Paraphrasing from memory – since I was not keeping notes, Schneider said “Next, we have Blanche from ‘Brainbridge,’ Ohio.”

I’m going out on a limb here and saying that Blanche was from Bainbridge in neighboring Ross County. I don’t know Blanche, nor do I know if she is one of our many Ross County readers. But I do know this: Blanche was pretty good at telling it like it is.

She rightly defended the Electoral College and the Constitution with clarity and passion.

Martin thanked Blanche for calling and quickly picked up on her comments.

This prompted me to look up Martin and VCY America Radio. VCY America Radio (https://www.vcyamerica.org). The station features “solid Biblical teaching programs, live call-in programs on issues of concern to the Christian community, news and commentary, children’s programs and conservative, uplifting Christian music.”

As of this moment, I can only attest to the station’s news and commentary over a 30-minute time frame. But I was impressed.

As for Martin, I later read his original impetus for the radio program. In a Feb. 21 column headlined “Democrats want to expel the Electoral College,” he writes: “In typical and predictable fashion, one of the first pieces of legislation we saw filed on the first day Democrats assumed control of the House of Representatives was a bill to eliminate the Electoral College. Democrats understand that the Electoral College is a major roadblock preventing them from ruling with absolute power. It was part of the Great Compromise – without which, we would have no constitutional republic, but instead a bunch of jealous rival colonies.”

While responding to many callers, Martin continually expressed concerns that many of today’s citizens and voters simply do not understand the Electoral College and its indispensable necessity if the nation is to remain a free republic as the founders intended.

“Americans must understand exactly what the Electoral College is and why it’s so important,” Martin writes at https://www.phyllisschlafly.com/liberalism-and-conservatism/elections/democrats-want-to-expel-the-electoral-college/.

“The Electoral College is one of the legacies of the inspired genius of the Founding Fathers. The Great Compromise brought together both the large states and the small by means of a national Congress with one House based on population and the second House based on the states. The Electoral College is based on this same dual representation, and therefore requires that the presidential and vice presidential candidates heed the voters of every state, regardless of size.

“If the Electoral College were abolished and replaced with a direct-vote system, the most predictable result would be the domination of our national government by the big cities in the big states. The temptation would become irresistible for presidential candidates to offer up the moon wrapped in federal dollars to New York and other large states. In a close election, such a candidate could carry New York by a million votes, and win the presidency over an opponent who carried all other 49 states by smaller margins.”

Martin also gave a great analogy and one to which I can relate. The 1960 World Series between the Yankees and the Pirates. My dad’s least favorite World Series of all time. He was a Yankees fan, of course.

“In the 1960 World Series, the Pirates defeated the Yankees, 4 games to 3. On the other hand, the Pirates were outscored in the series 55-27. In spite of being outscored, we don’t say the Yankees won the series,” Martin said.

Exactly. Think about that the next time someone insists the overall popular vote should take precedence.

For more information, go to https://www.vcyamerica.org/crosstalk/ and https://www.phyllisschlafly.com/.

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You’re wrong, Bernie Sanders

• On a different note, U.S. (or is it USSR?) Sen. Bernie Sanders recently kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign in (where else?) New York. He’s running again as a Democrat.

Or is he?

Sanders also has filed to be a candidate for the Senate in 2024 – as an independent.

According to NPR (https://www.npr.org/2019/03/04/700121429/bernie-sanders-files-to-run-as-a-democrat-and-an-independent), “It's not unusual for candidates to file with the Federal Election Commission for re-election to their current office, which allows them to begin raising money. But with Sanders, it creates the odd situation of having a high-profile presidential candidate file to run for two different offices with different parties, just as the Democratic Party is adopting rules mandating presidential candidates take something of a loyalty pledge.”

It really must rankle Democrats to have to even consider a presidential candidate who doesn’t always want to be among the party faithful. Truth be told, Sanders is more of a socialist than an independent – or traditional Democrat.

Sanders should just stay put in the Green New Deal, er Green Mountain State. Or go back to Moscow for a second honeymoon.

Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.