National Popular Vote (NPV) is rolling across the U.S.
Although the popular vote initiative sounds reasonable
on its surface, the devil is in the details. The NCSL
(National Conference of State Legislators) website
“The National Popular Vote (NPV)
movement emerged in late 2006 and has slowly gain some
steam since then.
“NPV seeks to ensure that the
presidential candidate who wins the most popular votes
nationwide is elected president. When a state passes
legislation to join the National Popular Vote Compact,
it pledges that all of that state’s electoral votes will
be given to whichever presidential candidate wins the
popular vote nationwide, rather than the candidate who
won the vote in just that state.”
In a perfectly wild example,
imagine if every single voter in Oregon cast a Democrat
vote for the President. Under NPV, after the polls close
and the chads are counted and recounted, if a Republican
candidate had a majority of votes nationwide, the
state’s electors would be required to cast their vote
for the Republican, even though not a single soul within
the state affirmed that choice.
This is a clear violation of the
principle of local control and the consent of the
governed. Unfortunately, this twisted logic has some in
Oregon feverishly working to be the 16th state to pass
an NPV bill (SB 870). It has already passed through the
State Senate and House, largely along party-lines and is
now on its way to the Governor’s office.
Our nation’s founders wanted to
preserve the principles of representation while building
in constitutional safeguards for diluting unnecessary
concentrations of power.
The constitutional design had the
president, or chief executive, elected by both houses of
the legislature via their specific electors — the
Electoral College. This arrangement created yet another
filter on the proxies coming from the House and Senate
and created a formidable obstacle to slow the quickened
motives of ingenious men.
Additionally, the terms of office
for elected positions, House, Senate and President, was
purposely staggered across two-, four- and six-year
spans with one-third of the Senate being elected every
two years. In turn, the states generally dispersed their
powers by having them exercised by municipalities,
counties, and other local governments — local governance
being the preferred choice.
The current NPV tomfoolery would
ordain what the progressives falsely call “popular” rule
but it is more akin to mob rule where everything is
In the most recent 2016 election,
the Electoral College proved to be a legitimate safety
net for preserving the will of the people:
1. There are 3,141 counties in the
United States. Trump won 3,084 of them. Clinton won 57.
2. There are 62 counties in New
York State. Trump won 46 of them. Clinton won 16.
3. Clinton won the popular vote by
approx. 1.5 million votes.
4. In the 5 counties that
encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond &
Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes
than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump
won Richmond) Therefore these 5 counties alone, more
than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of
the entire country.
5. These 5 counties comprise 319
square miles. The United States is comprised of
3,797,000 square miles.
6. When you have a country that
encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory,
it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of
those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate
the outcome of a national election.
Large, densely-populated, cities
such as, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, etc.
shouldn’t be allowed to usurp the opinions of the rest
of the country. The progressive movement toward NPV is a
dangerous idea and runs contrary to our founders’
remarkable blueprint for preserving Liberty for the
people while tempering the ever-present lust for
Thomas Jefferson spoke directly to
this in 1798, writing, “In questions of power, then, let
no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down
from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
Finding freedom with-in the chains
of our Constitution is what made America great in the
Dennis Linthicum of Beatty, is
the state senator from SD 28.