I was a political science minor in college with an emphasis on American government. Without getting into the weeds the Electoral College was established because of the founder's distrust in absolute democracy. It was the same reason that the senators were not elected by popular vote for a considerable period of time after the Constitution was adopted. There has been a lot of scholarly articles written about the Electoral College over the years predicting that there would be continuing problems regarding a differential between the popular and electoral vote.
I'm well versed in the Federalist Papers.
This is utter nonsense. Candidates spend time and media money in maybe 10 or so states so I don't understand how you can say this is a national campaign. Of course the media outlets in the those states love the Electoral College as it means big advertising money coming in. Consider the top ten states by population which make up over 1/2 of the total number of citizens in the country. Out of these states, candidates were very active in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. There was some campaigning in North Carolina and next to NONE in California, Texas, Illinois, New York, Georgia and New Jersey not too mention most of the other states with lessor amounts of Electoral Votes (anyone go to the Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming not to mention Alaska and Hawaii?). Now maybe you consider that this means that Trump and Clinton paid attention to the entire country, if so you and I have differing views of what 'entire' means. I still don't understand you you square paying attention to the 'entire country' and then not receiving a majority of the votes cast is then something meaningful. President Trump is governing with a minority of support from the people in this country (unless you subscribe to the voter fraud agreement).
That's pure nonsense as the US with its two party system and bifurcated leadership is immune to the problems that plague most parliamentary systems.
First, your first paragraph does not refute mine in the least bit. I am well aware of the reasons for the electoral college being created and appreciate the brief partial history/reasons of/for it. However, if you intended to debate my comment, I fail to see how you did, and it appears very much like a red herring argument designed to change my attention.
You said the EC was antiquated; compared to the only other option given so far, it is not. If you have something to suggest other then a pure democratic vote or the EC, please let us know what it is.
Now, although I do not disagree that there are flaws in the EC (after all, men are flawed), I do think it is a better system then a pure democracy, which has been shown throughout history as an unfair system of voting due to what James Madison so eloquently explains.
Second, to say that candidates only campaign in 10 states only applies to single time frames, but if you look at the history of campaigns in general, they do represent the majority of the states, collectively.
Humans are complacent creatures. We tend to vote consistently and those who lead, tend to assume those peoples whom have been with them in the past will continue to do so. So candidates partly rely on party lines and state affiliations on where to campaign (or really were not to). Since so many states have a strong history of voting either blue or red, it is only natural to ignore those states and assume they are a sure win, or loss. Better to spend time in the swing states, right.
Eventually though, those in those states being ignored become dissident and start looking at the other side, creating opportunity for a shift. As I am sure you know since this your subject, FL was not always a swing state and not campaigned in nearly as much.
Also, consider WV, did anyone really think Bush could have changed that state? No, which is why Gore ignored them and then Bush did just that. Hillary ignored PA, WI and MI for the same reasons, and found out that was a bad idea.
Although little serious campaigning has been done in those states and they are not part of your 10 (I assume), I am sure that will change in 2020. Will we see more then just 10 states being seriously campaigned in? Maybe, maybe not, however, if not, it will be a different 10 states then before, even if just by one, and the process will repeat itself somewhere else, in some other state, over time.
That's the beauty of the EC. Sure, it does not dictate that every candidate pay attention to every state in every national election, but it is more of a rotating act keeping hubris and complacency at bay.
Last, I never said the USA government is immune to problems present in other parliamentary governments, so I am not sure how you arrived at that.
We have our own problems, some of which overlap with other countries, but hey, at least were not like Great Britain. Watching parliament on C-Span is both entertaining and confusing, confusing because in that environment how does anything actually get done?