Nationalism presents a real problem in American politics. The razor thin majorities in federal elections means that half the population will use the power of government to abuse the other half of the population. Winner take all elections have consequences. The founding generation designed a system that could prevent this, but the nationalists on both the Left and the Right have destroyed the original federal republic. The election of 1876, among others, exemplifies this problem. I discuss nationalism and “nationalizing” elections in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.