Time to Confront the National Popular Vote Movement

It is time for serious American patriots to confront and determine how to oppose effectively the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). It is nothing short of an end-run around the constitutionally established operations of the Electoral College, embedded by America’s Founders in Article II of the U.S. Constitution. The NPVIC is funded and promoted largely by wealthy, politically leftist donors living primarily in and around large cities on America’s coasts.

The Electoral College is an integral and inherent part of our Constitution. The proper and perhaps the only valid and legal course of action to change the way we elect the president of the United States is through the amendment process, which is stipulated in Article V of the Constitution.

For years, there have been discussions about the pros and cons of the Electoral College and the manner in which state electors can cast votes in national elections. Some observers believe that the Founders exhibited true genius by designing the Electoral College to prevent regional candidates from dominating national elections. Today, this equates to preventing the constant election of presidential and vice-presidential candidates strongly supported by very wealthy donors principally living in highly populated East and West coast states.

If we were to do away with the Electoral College, a large number of less-populated states, perhaps 30 or more, would seldom if ever have candidates elected that they strongly supported for president and vice-president. Such a scenario, most definitely, is not what the Constitution’s framers intended.

Some observers believe the structure of the Electoral College is unfair. They say that the system is undemocratic because the number of electoral votes allocated to each state is not directly proportional to its population. This gives smaller states disproportionate influence in presidential elections. There are other arguments for and against the sway of the Electoral College in our presidential elections.

Thus far, the coverage of the NPVIC has been minimal—some say it has been “flying under the radar” and attempting to accomplish a change to the Constitution without going through the amendment process.

According to information on the NPVIC website, as of August 20, 2019, there are a total of 196 electoral votes committed to the NPVIC by 15 states through legislation (the National Popular Vote Bill). Only 74 additional electoral votes would be needed to meet the required threshold of 270 electoral votes to “spring” the NPVIC into effect, resulting in the election (continual election!) of national candidates supported primarily by states on the East and West Coast.

At a time when policymakers are debating “red-flag” legislation for gun-owners, we need to raise a very large “red flag” about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and its effort to subvert the constitutional process of electing the president of the United States. The Electoral College exists to protect our Republic from the “tyranny of the majority.” It’s a defense against the interests of large, urban populations dominating the rest of the country. It is, in short, a bulwark of American freedom. Let’s not soon forget it—and fight against this usurpation of free and fair elections.

About Paul Gardiner

Paul S. Gardiner is a retired Army officer, Vietnam veteran, and avid lover of America. He is a member of the American Legion and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Alabama, and Army War College.

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