Dems don’t like losing, so they’re trying to ensure that they don’t lose another Presidential election.
Ever since Gore’s loss to Bush in 2000, the Democrats have been crying foul about the Electoral College. This got ramped up in 2016 after Hillary’s spectacular loss that shocked the left and caused the outbreak of Trump Derangement Syndrome™.
The Electoral College is just one more thing on the long list of things about America that Democrats don’t seem to like.
The left has been pushing to move to a National Popular Vote (NPV) for future presidential elections, which was never what the Founders had intended. Many left-leaning states have signed bills to have their electors cast their ballots for the winner of the popular vote which would render the Electoral College pointless. The latest to join the movement was Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who signed a bill that pledges that Colorado’s Electoral College votes would go to the winner of the national popular vote. This move by Gov. Polis has brought the total number of Electoral College votes committed to the presidential candidate that wins the popular vote to 181 out of 270.
President Trump blasted the left’s push even though he admits that he had liked the idea of the NPV in the past.
Trump tweeted, ‘Campaigning for the Popular Vote is much easier & different than campaigning for the Electoral College,” Trump, tweeted. “It’s like training for the 100 yard dash vs. a marathon. The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win. With the Popular Vote, you go to just the large States — the Cities would end up running the Country. Smaller States & the entire Midwest would end up losing all power — & we can’t let that happen. I used to like the idea of the Popular Vote, but now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A.’
Campaigning for the Popular Vote is much easier & different than campaigning for the Electoral College. It’s like training for the 100 yard dash vs. a marathon. The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win. With the Popular Vote, you go to….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019
….just the large States – the Cities would end up running the Country. Smaller States & the entire Midwest would end up losing all power – & we can’t let that happen. I used to like the idea of the Popular Vote, but now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019
I guess after running a presidential campaign, crisscrossing the country with campaign stops everywhere, you understand the point of the Electoral College.
You’d think that the Democrats would have learned that Hillary relying on celebrity endorsements and not visiting Wisconsin might not have been the best way to run a presidential campaign.
As the blue states become bluer with strongholds in big cities and the red states consist mainly of voters in the heartland, we can see a clear urban-rural divide. Dems are having trouble reaching rural voters because many of their policies are antithetical to life outside big cities. Should the people in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, for example, get to dictate the politics of the nation while ignoring ‘flyover country’?
Our Founders and Framers had a solution to the alienation of parts of the country that could be caused by direct democracy — the Electoral College.
It’s not just the pockets of population in cities that is the problem with the NPV, it’s also blatantly unconstitutional.
Kyle Sammin at the Federalist points out:
It is a bad idea, but does that mean it is unconstitutional? Not on those grounds alone, but the compact clearly violates the plain language of several sections of the Constitution. The first clue is in its title. Any interstate compact must raise the issue of the Compact Clause in Article I of the Constitution, which holds in relevant part that “No State shall, without the Consent of Congress … enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State.”
That’s a pretty strong statement. No penumbras and emanations here, only the unequivocal language of the Constitution that says any compact among the states must be approved by Congress. Even in those analyses of the NPVIC that support its constitutionality, authors admit that “read literally, this provision would require all agreements between states to be approved by both houses of Congress and to be signed by the President before coming into effect.”
Sammin also notes that it might not be the ‘win’ that Democrats want it to be.
Imagine a scenario like the 2004 election, where Republican George W. Bush won a majority of the popular vote, but did not win any of the current NPVIC member states (Colorado will be the exception to this rule when it joins the compact). The result would have been that John Kerry’s ten best states all cast their votes for his Republican opponent. Does that make any sense? Is that the will of the voters in those states?
Source: The Federalist
Yikes! Can you imagine the uproar if the Electoral College votes for a state went to the winner of the national popular vote and disenfranchised their own citizens?
This is why the Electoral College is so important.
Tara Ross, a legal scholar, has made two videos for Prager University on the Electoral College.
This is the one that Democrats pushing for the NVP need to see:
You can watch the other one here that explains the Electoral Collge. NPV proponents should probably watch that one, too.
Meanwhile, President Trump is going to be ready to campaign like a beast in 2020 while the Democrats continue to try to kick against the Constitution.
Good luck with that, Dems!
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