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By Pete Riehm
Guest Writer 

Electoral College is essential to republic

 

March 28, 2019



Does anyone think the phony Native American Senator Elizabeth Warren is smarter than our founding fathers? For that matter, does anyone think any politicians living today are smarter or have more integrity than the brilliant minds that drafted our Constitution?! A literal phenomenon, the United States of America is indisputably the most equitable, free, and prosperous nation in all of human history. This great enduring republic is proof of our founders’ genius, so why does anyone give credence to the partisan hacks peddling electoral bedlam?

The short answer is too many Americans don’t understand the Electoral College or even that our nation is a republic, not a democracy. A pure democracy is mob rule; republics balance competing interests and ensure minorities can’t be bowled over by the majority.

The national popular vote winner lost the presidency in the elections of 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016. There has been angst about the Electoral College for decades, but opposition gained momentum when global warming shyster Al Gore lost to President George W. Bush in 2000. Democrats panicked that it could happen again. Since a Constitutional Amendment was a bridge too far, several attempts were made in Congress to pass legislation to elect presidents by popular vote, but all rightfully died in committee.

Northwestern University law professor Robert Bennett suggested a plan where states could change how they appoint electors. Maine and Nebraska already appointed electors by the winner of each congressional district and the 2 remaining electoral votes went to whoever won that state. But Bennett’s plan is that all the electoral votes of a state would go to the candidate that won the national popular vote regardless of how the people of that state voted. So the people of a state could overwhelming support one candidate, but their states electoral votes would go to the other candidate. This could only makes sense to liberals.

In 2007, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) was launched. So far, twelve states have passed legislation to award all their electors to the national popular vote winner. Those states are Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, California, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Colorado, and the District of Columbia. Their electoral votes total 181 or 67% of the 270 needed to win the presidency.

States have the right to decide how they appoint their electors, so this circumvention of the Electoral College may be constitutional. But it is incredibly short sighted and just plain stupid. The motivation for the NPVIC is purely partisan power politics, but the mantra is “every vote should count.” Every vote does count, but it’s not checkers – it’s chess and for good reason.

The Electoral College balances the will of the people and the voices of each state. Yes, the people have a say, but they are citizens of sovereign states that also have a stake in presidential elections. We are a republic of fifty autonomous and independent states; and each has unique interests. We have forgotten that the original 13 states only agreed to this union if their interests would not be crushed by a national government.

The NPVIC would allow the most populous states to smother the smaller states. America is a diverse vast country with many varied states cooperating in one union because our individual voices and state interests are balanced in a Constitutional republic. If the NPVIC succeeds, presidential candidates would only campaign in voter rich big cities. Only the largest 8 or 9 states would matter. We would have urban tyranny over the rest of the country. Literally only about a dozen cities could elect the president every time!

Where do you think presidential candidates will campaign? Who will benefit from all the federal legislation? Where do you think all the federal money will go? Fly over country will become no man’s land. We would most certainly create the Hunger Games.

Electing our president by the popular vote would expedite the demise of our union. The United States would become a totalitarian state or inevitably break apart. This concept is gravely dangerous to our freedoms, but it may collapse of its own folly before it comes to fruition. When President Trump is elected by a landslide in 2020 because those twelve blue states saw their electoral votes slip to the orange beast, pray Democrats retreat from this insanity.

“You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice.” Exodus 23:2

 
 

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