President Obama and Hillary Clinton only refer to the United States as a “democracy”. Even today, when Barack Obama talked about the results of the election he mentioned the nature of our “democracy”. When Hillary mentioned it in her speech Wednesday morning, she said that the United States is a “constitutional democracy”.
It’s not an issue if they are simply using the words interchangeably for our actual form of government, but are they?
Our government is a constitutional Republic or a constitutional federal representative democracy. We are a democracy but the fact that we have checks and balances, safeguards such as states’ rights and the separation of powers, assures that we are not a direct democracy. Another safeguard is in the electoral college.
Democracies are unbridled mobocracies and they always descend into tyranny.
None of Obama’s team or Hillary’s will ever refer to the United States as a Republic.
There is danger in that.
For example, there is a movement to end or water down the electoral college in a way that would make us more of a direct democracy. The electoral college was intended to give small states or states with small populations a say in government.
The movement to make the electoral college into a meaningless entity is being led by George Soros’s son Jonathan Soros and two eccentric businessman. They hope to alter the college.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement among several U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Now that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the electoral college, the left is talking about pushing this again.
They already have convinced 10 states and the District of Colombia to join the compact and another 10 states have passed it in one chamber. The red states have not passed it and it cannot become law without the red states, which the left is working to turn blue. Some red states like Arizona have passed it in one chamber. There is also some question as to whether the Congress would have to approve it or not.
The states that have approved it equal 70 electoral votes and only 138 are needed for it to pass. It is on its way to becoming law and it is a threat.
NPV circumvents the Constitution by allowing individual states to change the Constitution without an amendment. However, the compact clause of the Constitution does not allow any state to “enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State.” Liberal states like California could join with Illinois, New York, and another 8 other liberal states forming a super bloc that would give all their electoral votes to the winner, forming the bloc that could take the election.
Article V specifically states that the Constitution must be amended, “no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.” The NPVIC as structured will immediately take effect without an amendment.
Oddly, quite a few Republicans also support it. It would actually disenfranchise more voters. For example, in New York, all our electoral votes go with the majority though there are many Republican areas on Long Island and Upstate. Because the population of New York City and some cities upstate is large, they swing the state left and Long Islanders and people upstate have no voice. The electoral votes are not divided. The NPVIC would be the same, only on steroids, because the cities with the large populations are all Democrat and they would determine who the president would be.
It’s also an invitation to more fraud.
The Electoral College has performed its function for over 200 years by ensuring that the President of the United States has both sufficient popular support to govern and that his popular support is sufficiently distributed throughout the country to enable him to govern effectively.
The key word is DISTRIBUTED!!!
The National Popular Vote Compact will encourage even more voter fraud as all election efforts will be concentrated on the heavily populated liberal cities. Combine the compact with the absence of voter ID and you will see the dead voting in droves.
Obviously, we have a fair system, since this nation has elected both Republicans and Democrats using this fair and democratic procedure.
As columnist writer Ann Landers used to say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the issue by calling it “the most important issue in America that nobody is talking about.” He warned that the National Popular Vote Compact movement is “getting dangerously close to achieving their goal of eliminating the Electoral College without actually amending the Constitution — without anybody even noticing, unfortunately, what they’re up to.”
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will do the opposite of what it is portrayed to do – make each American’s vote count. It does not do that because it keeps the electoral college but misuses it. What it actually does is create a “forced merger” between heavily populated states and less populated states.
he NPVIC is a state-by-state initiative that will force states to allocate their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, rather than the winner of the popular vote in their state.
NPVIC will greatly reduce the power of most states in that the highly populated states will be able to gain the electoral votes and, in fact, 11 states could decide the Presidential election.
California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and New Jersey have 57% of the votes cast in 2008, and together they have 270 electoral votes, the amount necessary to win the election. Do we want these states to decide who is President while other states have no say?
Is this what the Founding Fathers wanted? An election based on demographics and geographics?
Our Founding Fathers believed that the state by state disbursed system maintained the sovereignty of the states and disallowed Federalism. The containment of “mischief” or voter fraud of the ACORN type is contained within states instead of being spread nationally. The electoral college provides balance and firewalls against voter fraud.
NPV will have many unwanted side effects. The states that decide the election will probably be the states that receive the federal dollars because their votes count. They will likely be the only states that candidates will visit.
Another problematic side effect reared its ugly head in my own Congressional district on Long Island. Our former congressman, Tim Bishop, received most of his funding from New York City and other areas outside Long Island, including as far away as California. NPV will encourage the influx of money from outside the key 11 states. It will be lobbying on steroids.
Then there is the nationalization of voter fraud. Some states require proof of citizenship, photo ID’s, no ID’s, but NPV will eliminate that choice and the containment of fraud that states provide.
There will be many closely lawsuits if it passes.
NPVIC will –
- Federalize the vote
- Destroy state sovereignty in the Presidential election
- Circumvent the Constitution
- Disenfranchise voters by giving 11 states the power to decide the election.
- It will ignite endless litigation
- Reduce voting to the lowest common denominator
- Give a handful of states supremacy
When we hear leaders refrain from calling our government representative or a Republic, it is a concern because dangerous movements like that of NPVIC chip away at safeguards we have in place. The electoral college is one of those safeguards.