Re: Power unchecked
"The electoral college system actually provides a damping system in case one very populous state has very non-diverse politics."
It is my understanding that the Founding Fathers intended the Electoral College to be a buffer against an unsuitable populist candidate. They required the college's representatives to use their judgement.
That principle has been undermined.
Some states pick their representatives only from that same winner's party allegiance. A "winner" takes all policy.
Some states have forbidden their representatives to vote against their state's winner - under all circumstances. Legal action against them is possible if they vote contrary to that.
Some states pick their representatives from allegiances according to their state's split vote for the candidates - a much fairer representation of the state's voters wishes.