Michael — I enjoyed your prose and storytelling very much. I disagree with your interpretation of events across the chronology. How can the “something commanded” (Latin — mandatum) be so (one way or another) when nearly half the eligible voters fail to participate? How can much (one way or another) be concluded from that?
The electoral college is the wise option, not a national popular election.
I think it is time to stop whinging. Save the energy to oppose unconstitutional proposals when, or if, they arise.