By Jon Dougherty
When Democrats win elections, they claim it’s the ‘will of the people.’ When they lose them, they claim there is something wrong with our system and therefore the system must be changed. Or bypassed.
Enter the “Popular National Vote” movement or NPV.
This is a years-long Left-wing effort to essentially bypass the founders’ intent behind instituting the Electoral College so Democrats can steal presidential elections for eternity.
Delaware has become the latest state to sign onto this compact, joining 12 others and the District of Columbia. Colorado’s Democratic governor quietly signed an NPV bill into law last week.
Backers of the initiative — mostly Leftist Democrats in blue states — said NPV has become necessary after two elections since 2000 have seen the candidate with the most popular votes lose the presidential election — former Vice President Al Gore to George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to President Donald Trump.
Drafted in 2006, the National Popular Vote Compact “would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” according to the group’s website. “The bill ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. The National Popular Vote bill preserves the Electoral College and state control of elections.”
The only way the compact goes into force is when enough states sign on to compile 270 electoral votes, the number needed to capture the presidency.
And the only states that are doing so are run by disciples of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin — today’s Democrats.
- Connecticut – 7 electoral votes
- Hawaii – 4 electoral votes
- Illinois – 20 electoral votes
- Maryland – 10 electoral votes
- Massachusetts – 11 electoral votes
- New Jersey – 14 electoral votes
- Washington – 12 electoral votes
- Vermont – 3 electoral votes
- California – 55 electoral votes
- Rhode Island – 4 electoral votes
- New York – 29 electoral votes
- Colorado – 9 electoral votes
With Vermont’s three votes, NPV now has 181 votes — far short of the required 270, but still, the compact once considered a huge long shot has made substantial gains in the era of POTUS Trump.
Supporters say assigning a state’s electoral votes to the national popular vote winner is the only way to ensure that ‘all votes’ in ‘all states’ count. But that’s why the founders implemented the Electoral College — so that the votes of all states, including small ones, counted.
They purposely decided against instituting a pure majority-rules democracy because they knew it would tear the country apart. Large, urban areas, small in comparison to the total land mass of the country, would always decide who sits in the Oval Office, and they knew that would lead to unrest and even civil chaos.
Supporters also say NPV will ensure that even small states don’t get ‘ignored’ by candidates. Really? If there is a group of, say, reliably blue states that form the NPV compact, is a presidential contender more likely or less likely to visit any of them (unless it’s California or New York, home to major donors)?
Opponents of the measure believe that if it passes, NPV will eventually be found unconstitutional by federal courts or the Supreme Court. Maybe.
Consider this: The Supreme Court just ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s claim it has the right to detain immigrants for deportation after they’ve served time in jail. That’s good; the government should have every right to deport anyone in the country illegally, for any reason.
But the high court’s decision was 5-4; four justices (yes, the court’s ‘liberals’) ruled against this very sound legal principle.
So there’s no telling what how the Judicial Branch will rule when it comes to how a state allocates its electors which — by the way — is a state’s right as the Constitution notes.
Then again, you could just go full commie like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), lagging 2020 presidential contender, and call for complete elimination of the Electoral College (which can’t be done without amending the Constitution, and good luck with that, Liz).
The fact is, Democrats love the Constitution when it benefits them. But mostly they hate it because it prevents them from just changing the rules willy-nilly to suit their political purposes so that they can rule in perpetuity. That’s really what NPV is all about.
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