U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “The Nevada Senate approved Tuesday a National Popular Vote bill on a party-line vote, sending the legislation aimed at upending the Electoral College to the governor,” The Washington Times reports. “Assembly Bill 186, which passed the Senate on a 12-8 vote, would bring Nevada into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement between participating states to cast their electoral votes for the winner of the popular vote.”
Those proposing this subversion are presuming themselves wiser than the Founders – and 14 states and the District of Columbia so far evidently do. But note that nowhere in the Constitution is the word “democracy” mentioned. The founders had designed a system of checks and balances to avoid not only tyranny of branches of government, but of the tyranny of the majority. Such a thing is absolutely possible, and the “wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner” analogy is more than just a witticism. It’s why Bill of Rights protections were not intended to be subject to majority rule.
If a “popular vote” replacement of the Electoral system is allowed to stand, you can kiss “legal” recognition of the right to keep and bear arms goodbye, as well as anything meaningful ever happening to stop the ongoing invasion of “pathway to citizenship”-bound foreign nationals into this country.
We can draw apt analogies from another power-grab, ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913, taking the power to appoint senators from state legislatures as the Founders intended, and putting it up to “popular” vote. Just look at the disproportionate influence that has given high-population Democrat urban enclaves in your state over “red” counties.
The control-all “progressives” aren’t about to let people run their own lives, especially when it comes to gun ownership. The “laws” under such a regime will take the form of what we’re hearing from the likes of Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. And what we’re hearing from them now is just what they think they can get away with. Give them what they want and they’ll be back for more – they always are.
Critics will counter with deceptions like the effort is “bipartisan,” and it’s true you’ll find an occasional “moderate” idiot drinking the Kool-Aid, but all one really needs do is look at who the prime supporters are:
“Leftist groups like Common Cause, Indivisible and Public Citizen cheered the Nevada vote,” The Washington Times article notes. “'The movement to abolish the electoral college is winning,’ tweeted Public Citizen.”
“AB186 would nullify Nevadans vote in the Electoral College,” Nevada Republican State Senate Leader James Settelmeyer tweeted in April, with an accompanying cartoon showing giant high-population states squeezing out the smaller ones into insignificance. “It will be my pleasure to vote NO to giving Nevadan's votes to New York City.”
That’s what they have done – again. The first time was with Question 1, when a Michael Bloomberg-funded front group managed to push the measure through by less than one percent of the vote – and that populous Clark County was able to impose its will on the rest of the state (stopped only because what was passed was unenforceable) further illustrates the dangers.
The Democrats mean to have power and they mean to do it using whatever they have to. They couldn’t reverse the 2016 election through “trumped up” Russian collusion charges, so now they’re going after “obstruction” and making noises about impeachment. They’re desperate to win the White House in 2020 because the thought of Donald Trump having another four years to appoint Supreme Court and other federal judges is a threat to their agenda, and they’ll do anything to stop it.
The Constitution, the “supreme Law of the Land” specifically mandates:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…”
Ignoring and replacing their carefully crafted controls for limiting and dividing power is not what the Founders had in mind. But while legal “scholars” debate over the constitutionality of the Popular Vote Compact like theologians arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, here’s what we can be certain of if the founding intent argument loses in the legislatures and the courts:
Making that “peaceful revolution” President Kennedy talked about impossible means gun owners will have a terrible choice to make: Surrender or turn to the ultimate check and balance the Founders designed into the system.
There is no truer egalitarian power-sharing arrangement than the right of the people to keep and bear arms. So that’s what the monopoly of violence cultists need to crush before their other plans for total control can be revealed.
If they really believe in “power to the people,” why are they so afraid of those who refuse to surrender theirs?
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.