Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Republicans Go On Record Opposing National Popular Vote Compact

You may not have heard about it but there is an effort known as the 'National Popular Vote Compact' which would drastically change the way our presidents are elected.  It would eviscerate the Electoral College Process through a questionable maneuver by changing the rules of presidential elections via a compact between as few as 11 states rather than the 38 required to amend the U.S. Constitution. 

Such a compact would undermine the authority of states and give more populated media markets the power to determine who would become president.   In fact, if implemented a non-member state's electoral votes would become irrelevant because member states' electoral votes would number greater than 270 and would simply award their votes to the national popular vote winner.

Can you say Al Gore?   Can you say who cares about Nebraska and Iowa?  Can you see that New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas and other large urban liberal cities would decide who would become president?  Can you say only Democrats?   Can you say only a plan liberals could love?

The Nebraska Republican Party went on record against the compact notion at its meeting on January 21 although the mindless un-inquisitive reporting of the local media apparently didn't think the issue was worth reporting.   Can you hear us Robynn?

So why worry about it?   Well, maybe because there is a bill before the Nebraska legislature to joint such a compact!  Yes, LB 583 was introduced last year by Senator Ken Haar, another liberal Democrat.   It is rests before the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee chaired by none other than liberal Democrat Bill Avery (the kissing senator).   

According to the "Introducer's Statement of Intent",

"LB 583 adopts the Interstate Compact on the Agreement Among States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.   The compact will become effective when states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes have enacted this compact.

Currently (Feb. 2011) the compact has been enacted by six states, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington and the District of Columbia representing 73 electoral votes or 27% of the 270 needed to bring the compact into effect.   When the National Popular Vote compact takes effect it would assure that the person elected President of the United States has won the most popular votes nationwide."

Did you notice the states that have approved?   They are all liberal Democrat states that would like to take away the input guaranteed smaller states by the U.S. Constitution.   These liberal populated states would benefit by virtue of having the candidates skipping over others as they went to their population centers to win, and only the liberal would win!

If the Democrats want to enhance their ability to steel elections they should at least do it through a constitutional amendment.    In the meantime we hope some of those 33 'non-partisan' Republicans (including Lydia Brasch who is enamored with Bill Avery) will have the good sense to not drink any more of the Kool Aid being served by LIBERAL UNAPOLOGETIC DEMOCRATS such as Senators Haar, Avery, Mello, Nordquist, etc.  

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