Friday, August 12, 2011

Left's Agenda Inches Forward

Democrats continue to prove to the world that they are the lawless party in American politics. The current Democrat President ignores court rulings, signs unconstitutional laws and unlawfully legislates by executive order. This "National Popular Vote" movement is changing the U.S. Constitution without amending it. These people are gutting our founding documents and destroying the rule of law. This movement must be stopped. - Reggie

While the massive union effort to overturn the Wisconsin state senate failed, in California the Left quietly moved its agenda forward this week when Governor Jerry Brown signed the "National Popular Vote" bill whose purpose is to award the state's 55 electoral votes to the presidential candidate with the most popular votes nationally.

Why is this significant? California is the eighth state (along with the District of Columbia) to pass this legislation. It is written to take effect if and when states representing a majority of the 538 electoral votes have passed similar legislation. This means that if Candidate A wins the vote in your state, but Candidate B wins it nationally, your state's electors would be required to vote for B.

The Electoral College is made up of delegates appointed by each party's nominee in a number equal to the state's representation in Congress. Historically, electors vote for their party's nominee (with a few exceptions over the years). Thus, the candidate who wins the state gets its electoral votes. 

This was part of the check-and-balance system built into the Constitution by its writers. James Madison argued in Federalist Paper No.39 that the Constitution was to be a mixture of state-based and population-based government. Congress would have two houses: the Senate would be state-based; the House population-based. The president would be elected by a mixture of the two. 

California's AB459 originally had some Republican sponsors until it was explained to them that its effect would be to make the 224-year-old electoral vote system irrelevant. They withdrew their names. The legislation passed the legislation without any Republican votes.

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