Democracy, or rule by majority, isn’t just impractical. It’s tyranny. The minority, particularly the individual (the smallest minority group there is) loses all their rights.
The form of government we have is certainly not a democracy. We are not ruled by the majority. If anyone says we are, you have my permission to correct them.
We are ruled by the people—all of them, individually, one by one. Our system of government gives each person, no matter how they organize themselves, a chance at government power. When the people unite on an issue, the government moves and moves very quickly. When they are divided, the government comes to a standstill until the people resolve the issue amongst themselves. There are a million ways the individual can throw a monkey wrench into our system of government, and the electoral college is one of them.
I don’t want an efficient government. Nor do I want a sleak, optimized, and modern government. I like my government dusty, moldy, and weak. I like it bound by traditions and rulings and laws written a hundred years ago. I like my people in government constantly fighting with each other and never coming to a decision. That is, until the people actually agree on something.