Democrats Wish to Eliminate the Electoral College – Why This Will Not Happen

Why in the world would Democrats wish to do away with the Electoral College?

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Refer to Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution to learn about The Electoral College

The Electoral College preserves the sovereignty of the states united under the U.S. Constitution which is a binding contract that obligates the signatory states to submit to the tenets of the Constitution as written and lawfully amended.

Point No. 1 – The Supremacy Clause in Article VI of the Constitution:

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof…shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

Point No. 2 – The only legitimate form of state government is republican, as stipulated in Article IV, Section 4″

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government…”

The term(s) democrat, democratic, and democracy appear nowhere in either the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution.

Point No. 3: The USA is not a state; the fifty states are states. The union of the fifty states comprises our nation, our country.

The federal government is an umbrella pact or contract by which the states attend all matters not delegated to the federal government, as per the Tenth Amendment while also working cooperatively to assure uniform interstate interactions

It’s helpful to speak this slowly. Very slowly. You want your own ears to hear what you say.

Our nation is called “The United States of America”.

The role of federalism is to manage interstate commerce to the mutual benefit of the states and to defend us against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The minting of coins and the printing of money is but one of the numerous and specific powers of the federation.

A relatively insignificant number of Americans live outside one of the fifty states.

Approximately 7,000,000 live and work abroad. 693,972 live inside Washington. D.C. Approximately 3,659,583 reside in Puerto Rico. The U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Wake Island account for approximately 270,782 persons.

The 11,624,347 noted above represent around 3.5% of the entire U.S. population.

The point to the arithmetic exercise is simply this. The vast majority of our fellow citizens live within the borders of one of the fifty states and these include those living and working abroad for which persons are associated with one of the several states.

Electoral College Explanation - 2016 Presidential Election

The purpose of the two senators from each state is to properly represent the broad interests of their respective home states. (The Seventeenth Amendment severely undermined the role of senators. For this reason, I and others call for a repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment.)

The U.S. Representatives serve to represent the broad interests of the population of their respective states and districts within those states.

Answering the Question

Democrats strive to undo our republican form of government and establish a democracy. The fact that both Presidents Bush 43 and Barack Obama call our nation a democracy, such is not the case.

Conversion of our nation from a constitutional republic to a democracy would wholly dissolve the sovereignty of all states while leaving total control of the federal government in the hands of California and New York voters.

A few leftist states are passing laws that attempt to exempt those states from Article II, Section 1, but this will not happen. The only mechanism by which a constitutional element can be either changed or eliminated is through the amendment process, as prescribed by Article V – Amendments to the Constitution.

The word republican does not connote political partisanship. It is of Latin origin and the English equivalent is “We the People”, representative government modeled after the Roman Senate. The Bible records the earliest instance of republican government in Exodus chapter 18.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

 

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8 thoughts on “Democrats Wish to Eliminate the Electoral College – Why This Will Not Happen

  1. The National Popular Vote bill is Not an attempt to exempt states from Article II, Section 1.

    The Founders created the Electoral College, but 48 states eventually enacted state winner-take-all laws.

    Unable to agree on any particular method for selecting presidential electors, the Founding Fathers left the choice of method exclusively to the states in Article II, Section 1
    “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors….”
    The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly characterized the authority of the state legislatures over the manner of awarding their electoral votes as “plenary” and “exclusive.”

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country. It does not abolish the Electoral College.

    The bill is states replacing state winner-take-all laws that award all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who get the most popular votes in each separate state (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), in the enacting states, to guarantee the majority of Electoral College votes for, and the Presidency to, the candidate getting the most popular votes in the entire United States.

    The bill retains the constitutionally mandated Electoral College and state control of elections, and uses the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

    The bill would take effect when enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538.
    All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes among all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority.

    Being a constitutional republic does not mean we should not and cannot guarantee the election of the presidential candidate with the most popular votes. The candidate with the most votes wins in every other election in the country.

    Guaranteeing the election of the presidential candidate with the most popular votes and the majority of Electoral College votes (as the National Popular Vote bill would) would not make us a pure democracy.

    Pure democracy is a form of government in which people vote on all policy initiatives directly.

    Popular election of the chief executive does not determine whether a government is a republic or pure democracy.

  2. Newt Gingrich summarized his support for the National Popular Vote bill by saying: “No one should become president of the United States without speaking to the needs and hopes of Americans in all 50 states. … America would be better served with a presidential election process that treated citizens across the country equally. The National Popular Vote bill accomplishes this in a manner consistent with the Constitution and with our fundamental democratic principles.”

    Eight former national chairs of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have endorsed the bill

    The bill was approved in 2016 by a unanimous bipartisan House committee vote in both Georgia (16 electoral votes) and Missouri (10).

    In 2016 the Arizona House of Representatives passed the bill 40-16-4.
    Two-thirds of the Republicans and two-thirds of the Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives sponsored the bill.
    In January 2016, two-thirds of the Arizona Senate sponsored the bill.

    In 2014, the Oklahoma Senate passed the bill by a 28–18 margin.

    In 2009, the Arkansas House of Representatives passed the bill

    Since 2006, the bill has passed 36 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, Democratic, Republican and purple states with 261 electoral votes, including one house in Arizona (11), Arkansas (6), Maine (4), Michigan (16), Nevada (6), North Carolina (15), and Oklahoma (7), and both houses in Colorado (9), and New Mexico (5).

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