Our Constitution is under constant attack.1 One of the most pernicious attacks is being waged by those who seek to override the constitutional provisions under which The States, as political entities, elect the President; and to replace it with a national popular vote (NPV) under which inhabitants of major metropolitan areas will choose the President. Pulius-Huldah
The idea that our presidents should be elected by popular raises its head with every presidential election. The talking heads always remind their listeners that it is not the popular vote that counts. They go on to give a brief description of the electoral college, which they invariably describe as an arcane process that probably should be changed so that THE PEOPLE can elect our president directly by popular vote. After all, we are reminded this is supposedly a democracy, right? This idea of electing our presidents by popular votes has had its supporters for a long time. But, to my knowledge, the idea has never gotten much traction. So, I was surprised when Plubius-Huldah sounded the alarm.
There is indeed an organized movement to bring about the National Popular Vote (NPV) for our presidents. They are not trying to promote a constitutional amendment. No, they are planning to use the constitution itself to bring about presidential popular voting. There now is an organization called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). We learn this from Wikipedia:
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement among several U.S. states. States endorsing this interstate compact have agreed to replace their current rules regarding the apportionment of presidential electors with rules guaranteeing the election of the presidential candidate with the most popular votes nationwide. The agreement is to go into effect only when the states which have joined the compact have an absolute majority in the electoral college; they would then all vote for the national popular vote winner, who would as a result win the Electoral College and therefore the presidency. Until enough states join, all states will continue to award their electoral votes in their current manner.
Electing our presidents by popular vote is a very, very bad idea. Our Founders knew exactly what they were doing when they the power to elect our presidents to the states and not to the people. I encourage you to read the essay by Plubius Huldah. She explains and documents the arguments against NPV much better than I ever could. Here are a few snips from her essay:
The “Federation” created by our Constitution is an alliance of independent and sovereign States associated together in a “confederation” with a national government to which is delegated authority over the States in specifically defined areas ONLY (national defense, international commerce & relations; and domestically, the creation of an uniform commercial system: weights & measures, patents & copyrights, a monetary system based on gold & silver, bankruptcy laws, and mail delivery). Those enumerated powers are the only areas wherein the national government has lawful (constitutional) authority over The States. In all other matters, the States retained supremacy, independence, and sovereignty.2
So that The States – The Members of the Federation – could maintain their independence and sovereignty, 3 our Framers wrote these provisions into our Constitution:
- State Legislatures were to choose the two U.S. Senators for their State (Art. I, Sec. 3, cl. 1); and,
- The States, as separate political entities, were to elect the President (Art. II, Sec. 1, cls. 2 & 3).
Do you see? Since Representatives to the House were chosen by popular vote of the People, and U.S. Senators were to be chosen by the State Legislatures, no law could get passed by Congress unless it was approved by the People (via their Representatives) andby The States (via the State appointed U.S. Senators).
This is what our Framers gave us to protect us from a usurpatious Congress.
Our Framers never intended for the President to be elected by popular vote. While they recognize in Our Declaration of Independence (2nd para) that The People are the source of political authority, 6 they knew that all history demonstrates that The People lack the knowledge, wisdom and judgment to make wise choices when voting for politicians.
Friends, if this compact among states is successful, it will mean the end of our republic. We will become a democracy in fact and the majority will trample the remaining rights of the minority and tyranny will reign. To all who read these words, I beg of you to find out if your state is already a part of this compact or if it is thinking of becoming a part of the compact and if so , sound the alarm and do everything in your power to stop this from happening. Remember, the powers that want to destroy our nation never ever rest.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?