Monday, December 19, 2016

They are Coming for the Electoral College

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, when the system worked exactly as it should, liberals are calling the Electoral College into question. And who better to front the campaign than outgoing President Obama:
The Electoral College is a vestige, it’s a carryover from an earlier vision of how our federal government was going to work that put a lot of premium on states[.]
Oh really, Mr. President. You mean that the Electoral College is a vestigial organ, like the appendix?

You can see what comes next. A liberal 5-4 Supreme Court majority declares the Electoral College unconstitutional and orders some liberal-friendly remedy in the name of democracy or social justice.

Although I prophesy that whatever that remedy is, it will turn around and bite liberals in the butt.

Right now there is a liberal proposal in which states promise that their Electoral College electors will vote for the popular vote winner: National Popular Vote.  The idea is that when a certain number of states, with a majority of the Electoral College, have enacted laws to pledge their Electors to the popular vote winner then those states will activate their popular vote mandates and vote for the national popular vote winner rather than their own state's popular winner.

Right now the following states have enacted laws to implement the national popular vote; they are : CA, DC, HI, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, RI, VT, WA. You can see that they are all liberal states, and some of them are also big liberal states. So that makes sense. And hey, according to National Popular Vote, even President-elect Trump thinks it is a good idea.

I'd say that this idea is in your dreams because of the original point of the Electoral College, which still holds. The Electoral College was put into the constitution to get the small states to sign on and vote to adopt the constitution. And the whole point of the Electoral College is to prevent a couple of big states from dominating the election. Back in 1787 the biggest state was Virginia with 10 members in the House of Representatives followed by Pennsylvania and Massachusetts with 8 each. The four small states were Delaware and Rhode Island with one member each, and New Hampshire and Georgia with three members each. So even then the small states wanted special protection. Today we have a lot more small states, and they are not going to let their Electoral College power get drowned in the tsunami of popular votes available in California and New York.

The fact that liberals are coming up with a creaky idea like National Popular Vote indicates to me that they probably don't have the will to just overturn the Electoral College in the Supreme Court. Not yet. And that, to me, is a relief.

But still, here we have President Obama calling the Electoral College a "vestige." Another 20 years of that sort of talk from the great and the good, amplified by the Democratic operatives with bylines in the media, and a future liberal Supreme Court will reckon it has the authority to excise the vestige from the Constitution, which is, after all, supposed to be a living thing.

The other thing is this. If it weren't for the Electoral College we wouldn't have heard the cry of the white working class, dying of despair out in the Rust Belt.

Tell you what, liberals. Think of the Electoral College as a form of "peaceful protest." That should make you feel better.

Hey, how about the idea of voting as peaceful protest? What a concept!

Because, improbable as it may seem, there are people out there suffering from oppression and exploitation that liberals have never heard of, and don't want to hear from.

And it is a good idea for the electoral system to make their voices heard, even if the ruling class doesn't want to listen.

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