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Electoral College Follow-up

August 16, 2010

My post last week about the Electoral College generated quite a bit of interest–from the National Popular Vote people, apparently. Within two hours of my post appearing, I received five very long rebuttals from the same untraceable hotmail account “” They arrived 1 minute apart. Overwhelm the opposition: typical leftist tactic.

I moderate this blog mostly to prevent the senseless ad hominem attacks that inevitably follow the expression of conservative opinion. These comments were not that: they were long lists of carefully selected facts to support the position of doing away with the Electoral College. If you want to see their position, go to the NPV site; I’m not going to become an extension of their propaganda machine.

Their position is simply this: direct election of the president. It’s in their title. The Founders, as I wrote last week, gave us not a democracy but a republic with checks and balances to ensure limited government. Every citizen got one vote–for their representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since it was the States and the People who had come together to form the union, the States got a vote, too. This was for the U.S. Senate. The 17th Amendment already removed that balance and now the people get two votes and the States zero. How’s that working out for us? Since the Progressive-era 16th (Income Tax) and 17th Amendments were passed we have seen a huge growth in government and public debt–which was zero in 1835 and still very low in 1910.

The Progressive left is determined to transform our republic into a unitary state with one political party, theirs. What would that look like? Perhaps something like the social democracies of Western Europe or maybe democratic republics of the former Eastern Europe Soviet bloc. With policy being guided by radical Marxists in the current White House, the goal could be a full-blown communist utopia. Maybe they don’t even know where they’re headed.

The point is, we do. The Founders understood the dangers of autocratic government. They knew, because they studied Aristotle, that the people could be swayed by pleasing orators and fair-sounding lies. The fact is, We the People also need to be checked against the passions of the moment, against the false promises of the snake-oil salesman.

That’s what you get from the NPV site. Take, for example, the rotating pictures of the 1777 legislators who support NPV. Sounds like a groundswell of support, right? There are 7382 state-level legislators in the United States. Their number is only 24% support–and they define support as having voted for it at least once. No changing your mind. Terrence Carroll (D-Den) is pictured. Will they take down his name when he leaves the House this fall?

They also list all the legislative houses that have passed a popular vote bill, including both houses of the Colorado legislature. The only problem with that is it never passed both houses in the same session.

A Democrat-sponsored bill got through the Senate in 2008 but was killed in the House State Affairs committee 2-9. In 2009 they tried again. The bill (HB09-1299) passed the House on a strict party-line vote (34/29) on March 17th. It passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee but was never brought up for a final vote. Technically to say that the initiative passed both houses is correct, but Republicans were able to kill it twice in the second house when the people found out what was going on. Hardly non-partisan and hardly the kind of overwhelming support they claim.

National Popular Vote is a very bad idea and only the most liberal state legislatures have passed it.

One Comment
  1. bakediggity permalink
    April 23, 2012 7:55 pm

    Funny how I got here. I have a Ga. news website that is basically a Drudge for Ga. news. I have a blog that goes along with it, but rarely post in there and its traffic is not great. However, one thing I do post in there is a column from GOP lawyer, former Newt counsel, Randy Evans. This week’s column had to do with the Electoral College Now I never get comments, like never. I posted the Randy Evans column last night, and today I get a similarly long rebuttal. I haven’t gotten five of them yet, but its long and from a committed National Popular Vote person. I wanted to look up said person, Googling them, I found my way to you.

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