There is a nefarious move afoot to (in effect) eliminate the Electoral College and replace it with a National Popular Vote (NPV). The Left has been agitating for this. But now, there is an organized & concerted effort to get this done.
Here is the formal paper which I have just posted. I hope it will make you weep when you see the gifts our Framers gave us and how they provided for the States to be able to CONTROL the national government.
I provide links to the NPV website. Look at all the State Legislatures who have signed this "Compact".
Please study my paper. If you have any questions at all, ask.
You must be on watch to what your State legislators are doing. If your State has passed this, then you must contact some reasonable politicians and get them to withdraw.
People - legislators - are so shallow.
You will come across people who don't know any better clamoring for this. So YOU must be part of the army to turn back the tide.
Thanks, I understand the difference. She is not one of my favorite people so I was not reading objectively.
Here is a pretty simple, direct and popular explaination
for why the Electoral College is a good idea.
Bill Whittle gives the practical results of an NPV which, I don't think
anyone would like over time. It would be like prohibition -
tried and repealed. Just wait until California's electoral
votes put Sarah Palin in office.
Hmm, how much would I pay to see the effects on
those who hate Ms. Palin and love NPV?
I have always understood how the Electoral College works. However, the video makes a convincing argument for doing away with it! It states that the most populous states would control who wins the Presidency. Well, in fact, that is true now! No one goes after the electoral votes of SC which has a mere 9 votes (as of the last redistricting). The candidates concentrate on California, Florida and other large population states. So what is the difference?
One of the biggest travesties in the last primary was the Ohio primary! Romney won ONLY the large, unionized cities while Santorum took the rest of the state which is mainly rural. Where did Romney campaign? The big cities!
So approximately 4 cities determined where ALL the votes for Ohio would go. An entire segment of the population was ignored because unions have more money than farmers.
Having two houses of Congress makes sense - one based on population and one given 2 members regardless of size. This balances out the power between large and small states in the Congress. I can't wrap my brain around it making a difference in Presidential elections - at least not based on the video.
I haven't watched the video Ed posted. I should have, just never had time.
What you say about the two houses of Congress is precisely what Madison said.
The People, by popular vote, were to elect their Representatives to the House.
The States Legislatures were to appoint the two U.S. Senators for their State. The Senators were supposed to represent their States as The Members of the Federal Republic.
The States - as The Members of the Federal Republic - were to select the President, by means of the specially selected wise, knowledgeable & prudent men, who were chosen to be the Electors for the State. These Electors were to be the only ones who voted for President & Vice President.
All history shows that THE PEOPLE lack the wisdom to make wise choices when they vote for candidates. And this is precisely why the hard left wants a national popular vote: B/c they can manipulate the stupid, gullible & ignorant. And with the NPV, they will have to focus only on the welfare parasites and the Federal, State, and local government employees, who infest our largest cities.
I certainly agree that the people do not have the wisdom to make wise choices! Although I have lived several decades in SC, I am originally from Ohio and still visit family there regularly so I watched the primary returns with great interest. Santorum swept the state except for the welfare, union cities. Romney got them and the electoral votes - at the last minute. It made me sick.
In SC I became a State Delegate hoping to make a change. I had a lot company from people who identified with the Tea Party. The grip that the "Old Guard" has on the leadership in the GOP is frightening and just as determined and power hungry as the left.The chair would call voice votes "passed" when they clearly had not and then refuse to allow a printed ballot. I fear that many first timers will be last timers. It was a sad, sad thing to be a part of and has left me feeling discouraged for the first time in my voting life. I always believed the American spirit would prevail but I witnessed it being ignored and beaten down.
I know that we have to become educated but surely at this point, we all know there is a great wrong being done. How long will it take before people decide they know enough to right a wrong?
I know that some (many?) (most?) (all?) of the State Republican Parties are corrupt. Tennessee's is. I don't know State (or national) party politics. We need people who can learn how to fight our corrupt State (and national) Parties.
I KNEW there was something rotten in S.C.'s State Republican party b/c they keep re-electing Lindsay Gramnasty. John boehner's congressional district keeps re-electing him.
Does anyone know about this? Sarah Palin told us NOT to leave the Republican party, but to take it over. It would be nice if she would provide a road map on how to do this. Or someone else.
I know about Lindsey Graham because I asked. The Upstate, where I live, hate him. But the Low Country - Charleston and along the beach is where all the rich, elite, and liberals live. Graham has ties down there and gets huge financial backing. As much as I hate my County's dirty politics, they have censured Graham numerous times but it is a meaningless gesture. Graham simply out spends any one who runs against him.
I live in Greenville County - the largest (area wise) in the state. Greenville City controls the whole county. All the party leaders live in the city. When delegates were voted on to go to the National Convention more Tea Party people were running but all the slots went to people who have been in power for years. Of course, they are the ones who count the votes. Interesting, isn't it?. I couldn't find anyone who voted for them!
My precinct has given up completely. I am learning why. The city grabbed 39,000 acres as a water shed so they could "protect their water supply!" Out here in the county, we have to belong to a co-op and there is nothing protecting us. This huge land grab had us in an uproar for over a year - fighting it but behind closed doors, it passed. And this is a strong GOP county so it was not the Dems that did it.
I read in several conservative magazines that over 50% of the GOP delegate seats are never filled. The Democrats fill about 95% of theirs! I didn't believe it until I convinced some neighbors to come to the "re-organization meeting" and vote for me to be Executive Committeeman. What a joke! We were the only who showed up! My precinct is entitled to 35 delegates and they have me! About 10 precincts have no delegates at all! And yet most all of my neighbors can trace their roots back to the founders of this area and I am transplanted Yankee! Even then the party tried to stop me. My precinct has not a delegate for a couple of decades. I heard about the meeting from members of the Tea Party. I found out when and where to pick up a packet to run the meeting and informed headquarters I would get it. When I returned from picking it up, I found a message on my answering machine telling me not to bother to come because it had been picked up early that morning! I got it at 4:30 PM.
I spent a week making phone calls and driving a couple of hundred miles to fill more delegate seats before the deadline. I got 3 people signed up but NOT ONE showed up at the County Convention even though I called them the night before to remind them.
Almost all the Tea Party people have given up -including me. We battled for over two years and learned nothing, were shut out of everything, and simply don't know what to do.
Coming back to this website has given me more hope but the odds seem overwhelming. More and more I think of a third party. I am tired of voting for the :lesser of two evils.:
I was looking forward to responding to you question. Unfortunately I didn't keep a copy of what posted and later deleted. As it was the basis for your question I'm not sure how to proceed. If you could expand the question to include some of what I wrote I'd love to respond. I know pretty lame, I can't rmember what wrote but in my defense I'm getting old... OK no excuse, I'm still lame : ^ )
Jon, well, I am old and lame also! LOL! I thought the whole discussion got moved and just deleted my remarks. Then I discovered only parts of it were moved. You posted a lengthy interpretation from Paine's Common Sense. I came back and asked why Paine then said, "He smelt a rat" and refused to endorse the Constitution. I never have been able to find a reason for that. I reread your post and found a lot to like in it but still couldn't get it to mesh with Paine's refusal to endorse to Constitution. And I don't remember either exactly what it said. Rats! I know I thought about printing it out because it was so good! I guess that is why I am always learning. I can't remember anything from one day to the next!
Mollie, why did you delete your comment? I clicked on the link to read it and it was gone.
Paine is wrong thou, to blame the Constitution. It is the fault of the People for electing Representatives & Senators who refuse to impeach & remove lawless Presidents.
There is an evil streak in humans which makes them want an Earthly God. They want a President they can worship: obama, marco rubio, etc. How else do countries always end up with Dictators? Often, like Hitler, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Lyndon Johnson, Clinton, obama, they were voted into office!
Our pastors should be warning us of this evil tendency of ours.
While I can't remember what I wrote in this instance I can make some general comments about how I most often refer to Paine's work. Those works are "Common Sense" and a series of essay's titled "The Crisis". In both cases they seem to have been written to encourage American's. One to push for independence and the other help them get thru the sufferings of actual warfare. I most often refer to his work when I'm hoping to encourage people as he did. Of course both were written well before the Constitution was proposed so I don't have any of Paine's views on the Constitution. I haven't come across anything he wrote about it however I would not be surprised if he was opposed to the constitution. Since you wrote it I've tried and could not find a solid citation attributing the phrase "I smell a rat" with him attributing this as his view of the constitution. I have found a lot of secondary opinions that he was anti-federalist in the spirit of Patrick Henry. Again given what I know of his writing, his seemingly singular focus on "liberty", it's not a big stretch for me to believe he counted himself among those who feared a "consolidated" government. In the end though without reliable citation it doesn't matter what I believe. Sorry this wasn't more useful.