Last year that we shared the story with y’all about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact movement. We informed you of the effort in blue states to form a coalition, compact, that would not give their electoral votes to the person who wins their state. Instead, they want to give their electors to whoever wins the national popular vote.
This, ladies and gents, is just another means by which the progressive socialist left is seeking to undermine the Electoral College and the November 2020 election. When Barack Obama won the Electoral College, the left did not care one bit. Donald Trump won the Electoral College, the left went into another of their unhinged, apoplectic rages.
Perhaps, if we taught civics, instead of sex education and other leftist indoctrination dogma, folks would comprehend that America is a Constitutional Republic. We have a system of representative democracy as our process of governance, not a pure democracy that lends itself to tyranny by a majority.
Our Founding Fathers were brilliant in implementing the Electoral College and the US Senate, equal representation. They did not want our Republic to be ruled by the most populous states. Many of our Founding Fathers were from Virginia, including the authors of our Declaration of Independence and our US Constitution. They would be appalled.
As reported by The Hill:
“The Democratic-led Virginia House of Delegates has passed legislation that seeks to award the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate that wins the national popular vote in an election. The measure, also known as House Bill 177, passed the legislative chamber in a 51-46 vote on Tuesday after clearing the body’s Privileges and Elections Committee in a vote last week.
If the legislation is passed by the Senate, where Democrats also hold control, and signed into law by the governor, Virginia would subsequently be entered into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. “Under the compact, Virginia agrees to award its electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” a bill summary states. “The compact goes into effect when states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes have joined the compact.”
“A state may withdraw from the compact; however, a withdrawal occurring within six months of the end of a President’s term shall not become effective until a President or Vice President has qualified to serve the next term,” the summary continues. So far, only 15 states and Washington, D.C., have entered the compact, according to National Popular Vote, a nonprofit group tracking the status of states on the issue. A group of states possessing 74 electoral votes would need to join the agreement in order for the compact to take effect.
The legislation’s passage on Tuesday comes as number of states have moved to pass similar measures seeking to enter into the compact in recent years since President Trump was elected in 2016. Though Trump didn’t win the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, he was able to win the contest after gaining more electoral votes than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite her earning nearly 3 million more votes than him at the ballot box.”
This is why state legislatures are important, and if you are not aware, Eric Holder is in charge of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. The left wants more governors mansions and state legislatures for the purposes of undermining the Electoral College by way of this National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and the coming redistricting post-2020 election. It is imperative that we, constitutional conservatives, gain a strategic acumen to recognize the long-term strategic goals and objectives of the left.
Now, some of you may ask if this is constitutional? Well, awarding electoral votes by respective States to the individual who wins their State is not written in the Constitution. It was actually a practice, tradition, started in Virginia when the state awarded its electoral votes to Thomas Jefferson after his presidential reelection victory. Virginia did not award their electors to Jefferson in his first presidential victory. So, yes, this can be done, but the motivation behind this move is apparent and purely self-serving for the left.
If we eliminate the Electoral College and realize the US Supreme Court will hear a case on the issue of the constitutionality of the Electoral College this session, less populous states will be rendered irrelevant. Heck, the left already refers to these States as “flyover states,” and during presidential election cycles, they rarely have to endure the incessant commercial ads.
There are several more jewels that the left wants: Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas. Even in those states, as with Virginia, you will find that the rural areas are rendered irrelevant because of the major population centers, often controlled by the left. That is where you find the greatest failure.
In Virginia, 91/95 counties have declared themselves sanctuary counties for the Second Amendment. In Georgia, there are 159 counties, but the State’s political culture is dominated by the Atlanta metropolitan area. In Texas, there are 254 counties, but the population is centered in Dallas, Tarrant, Harris, Travis, Bexar, El Paso counties . . . and the left has their sights fixed on Collin, Denton, and Ft. Bend counties.
I think what conservatives may need to look at is a State Electoral College system. If there is a lesson to be learned, four counties in Virginia are responsible for flipping the State from red to blue. Now the left has control and is aiming to do the same nationally.
This is why history and civics are important . . . why understanding the goals of the progressive socialist left are imperative. They have simple objectives; power, control, and the tyranny of “their” majority.
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