|04-12-2009, 08:36 PM||#1|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: May 2004
Another Electoral College prank
Here's a Opinion piece from Mike Rosen at the Denver Post a couple weeks back. Some of you outside of Colorado may not have heard about this. Thought it was an interesting ploy by Democrats to bypass the electoral college.
Like the "undead" returning from the grave in your typical vampire movie, the perennial campaign of Democrats in the Colorado legislature to sabotage the Electoral College is back.
House Bill 1299, which passed the House on Tuesday in a party-line vote, is a virtual rewrite of earlier failed efforts: Senate Bill 46 in 2007 and House Bill 223 in 2006.
It would commit Colorado to a compact of states that pledge to cast all their electoral votes for whichever presidential candidate gets the most popular votes, nationally, regardless of who gets the most votes in our state.
In other words, Coloradans would risk sacrificing their own choice for president to the whims of voters in other states.
For example, suppose a majority of Coloradans vote, let's say, for Mitt Romney in 2012 with Barack Obama finishing a distant second (I can hope, can't I?). Romney goes on to win in 34 other states, runs up a majority of Electoral College votes and would normally be elected president.
Obama wins in only 15 Democrat "blue" states like California, New York and Illinois. But because the large populations in those states produce more popular votes for Obama than Romney, Coloradans are forced to cast all our electoral votes to him, with none going to the Colorado winner, Romney. Consequently, the states of the compact dictate the outcome of the election, the Electoral College is subverted and a candidate lacking in broad, national support wins the presidency.
The supporters of this goofy idea are overwhelmingly liberal Democrats. Their overriding goal is to win the presidency for their party by any means. They believe this will be easier if they can circumvent the Electoral College which leverages the voice of less populous states that tend to vote Republican. HB 1299 contrives to tip the scales in favor of northeastern states and California with large Democratic majorities in heavily populated cities.
As a matter of ideology, liberal populists disapprove of the Electoral College, preferring a national popular vote for president. They say that's the way it's supposed to be in a democracy. But we are not a democracy — never have been, and most definitely never should be.
The Founders abhorred pure democracy, and purposefully created a constitutional republic, an ingenious combination of democratic institutions and, yes, anti-democratic safeguards like a Bill of Rights to protect individuals from the tyranny of the majority; representative government, filtering majoritarian passions; a Senate with two seats for each state, regardless of population; federalism; the separation of powers; judicial review; the presidential veto; and the Electoral College.
We're not a collective, amorphous blob, but a confederation of individual states, each retaining some sovereign powers, unique qualities, values and agendas. The Electoral College is a constant reminder of that. We do not now have, nor have we ever had a national popular vote for president.
We have 51 separate elections in each of the states and the District of Columbia to determine how electoral votes are cast. It's only out of idle curiosity, devoid of legal status, that we aggregate those 51 election results to produce a national total. It has no Constitutional or legal standing.
HB 1299 would render Colorado irrelevant. Why would a candidate waste time and resources here to pick up a small differential of several thousand votes from Colorado's 2 million, when more than 20 million votes are at stake in New York and California?
Doing away with the Electoral College, straightforwardly, by amending the U.S. Constitution would require ratification by three-quarters of the states. The Democrats who continue to resurrect this interstate compact conspiracy know there are enough small states to block any such amendment to the Constitution. So they've come up with this cynical ploy.
Colorado should refuse to be a party to it.
|04-14-2009, 10:23 PM||#3|
Famer of Rings
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Lake Forest, Orange County, Calif.
This is why our way, currently, is the best way for figuring out who is our president. It only takes a candidate to purpose ideas based on the most populated states. Look at it this way; If you can promise NY, Calif, Illinois and such of porkbarrel projects for those states, there would be massive tip of voters for that candidate. With our current system, the candidate can only get the max delegates out of that state regardless of how many votes. What Colorado is doing is deceitful to the voters. I could see a proposition overturning this one come November or the following year.