It goes back to at least the 1300s and the Black Death.
The Founding Fathers knew all about it and were just fine with it.
However, the Founders would be aghast that the US is putting people into quarantine and not feeding them for months. And now, is threatening to put them out onto the street to live under a bridge.
IMHO, this situation is totally appalling. If there was a shortage of food, well what can you do then? But, there is plenty of food. There is no shortage of credit either. The US dollar is a fiat currency. The Congress proved that there is no shortage of dollars when they gave $3T away to the 1% with the CARES Act.
Also, IMHO, the recent events where Trump maneuvered to steal the election should be punished by the voters in the next election. That is, all Independents should vote for anyone who is not a Republican. Please, don't forget to do this. Only those who have drunk the Trump-Repud Kool-Aid should vote for any Repud, except the very few who have or will denounce the attempt by Trump to steal the election of the President of the US.
There ought to be a movement to amend the Constitution to require the President be elected by election in all the states* and the EC votes just be given to the Candidates however the state legislature says as long as the winner gets her/his Electoral College votes. There at least 3 choices--- give all the ECV to the statewide winner, split them like Maine and Nebraska does now, and apportion them statewide according to their percentage of the statewide votes. There may be other ways to split them.
. . . I'm saying that the meeting of people to cast their ECV is unnecessary. That all the state Sec. of States can send the certified results with the resulting number of ECV to Congress to count.
. . . It would be nice if 1 more ECV was given the some state or territory. Then, there could not be a tie unless some state failed to send in its ECV totals. IMHO, this ought the be the most populous state, now it's Calif.
.* . This is exactly like the XVII Amendment [ratified in 1913] to have the US Senators be elected and not selected by the state legislatures. Note that, this occurred when Teddy Roosevelt's Progressive era was in charge.