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    Wednesday, May 23, 2007

    22 Members of California State Senate Haven't Read the Constitution

    This would appear to be the case after hearing that 22 Senators Voted to approve SB 37, an interstate compact that would allocate all of California's electoral votes to the winner of the national popular Vote. Voting was strictly along party lines, with Democrats supporting the legislation.

    I have written about this several times before, expressing my concerns over this type of legislation. First and foremost is the fact that this is expressly unconstitutional. Article I, section 10 of the constitution states that no State shall enter into a compact with any other State without Congressional consent. I know of no such congressional consent, to date.

    Yet, constitutionality aside, this is a bad direction for the country, and represents the willingness of California's Democrats to sacrifice State powers in favor of federalization. The Electoral College provides a crucial balance between the popular vote and the interests of each State. The electors reflect the popular vote, but also provides a means to take the interests of individual States into account--much the same way the Congress combines popular will (the House) and State will (the Senate).

    Senator Migden, who authored the bill, stated in a press release that
    It is astounding to me that the world’s greatest democracy does not directly elect the President by a vote of the people. A national popular vote for President will, for the first time, make every vote equal. A vote in California will be as sought after as a vote in Ohio or Florida. That is not currently the case.
    Of course, we are not a democracy, rather a constitutional republic. We do not directly vote on every bill, we elect people to vote for us. Thus, a popular vote would be inconsistent with the rest of our government. Furthermore, our votes are never equal. Wyoming has about 1/70th the population of California, yet has the same number of Senators. According to the logic of Democrats in the California Senate, we should also do away with the United States Senate (and the California Senate, for that matter).

    I will admit that many people do not understand why we have an electoral college, so the prospect of a popular vote may be appealing. I would, however, expect a better understanding from a State Senator. It is my opinion that each State maintain a certain level of sovereignty and autonomy. The trend to federalize every issue has eroded this view from people's minds. People now consider States little more than regions within the country. Yet, each State represents a unique entity, responsible for self-government. These 50 States are bound together to form the United States.

    From the most fundamental levels, this is bad legislation. Unfortunately, virtually every Senate Democrat is willing to support this, against the constitution, against the interests of the States, and against common sense.

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    Blogger Jimmy K. said...

    only 22 ? I bet they have read Marx.

    8:33 PM  
    Blogger Lew Waters said...

    Sadly, too many we elect to represent us seem to have not read the constitution. Instead, they seem to interpret it as to how they think it should be.

    If others disagree, they run to Federal Courts to have activist Judges that also agree with their view to rule for them.

    1:07 AM  
    Anonymous ColoradoRight said...

    The Colorado legislature is also Democrat controlled and passed the same unconstitutional law, which was immediately signed by our Democrat governor.

    I wouldn't mind if they went about this directly - amend the constitution to take out the electoral college if you don't like it - but this is just George Soros sponsored, back-door sneakiness. No one has proposed any amendment to the Constitution - precisely because they know that this would never be approved.

    But you get your legislators together and rush it through as a "technical" adjustment to the state's electoral college law and presto-chango--you have the makings of an unconstitutional elimination of the electoral college.

    The sweetest of ironies would be for them to get all this in place and then a Republican would benefit from this and become President by having majority vote but electoral college minority. Think the ACLU and all the Soros organizations would be suing then (assuming there is an America left at that point)?

    4:34 PM  

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