Speakeasy Today #19: Numerical Will, Reasonable Will, & the Electoral College by Thomas Krannawitter | Feb 4, 2019 | Speakeasy Today Podcasts | 3 comments Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSJoshua Sharf, “The Electoral College Power Grab” Website for National Popular Vote 3 Comments Michael L on February 5, 2019 at 4:26 pm Loved this podcast. I appreciate what you guys are doing, and I’m really happy that it’s catching on. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend any of these events (I “host” ad hoc discussions of this nature in my own bar), I have an idea to fight against this movement. I also authored an article on this topic that was published in both the Pueblo Chieftain and the Denver Post. https://www.chieftain.com/opinion/20190203/end-of-our-republic I was unable to pitch this idea in the article, because the Libertarian party isn’t prepared to commit to it yet. Tell me what you think? Author here. I was unable to put this into the article, but here is my proposed solution: 1) End “winner take all” rules. Each presidential elector must represent a district, and must vote the way that district voted. Ex: if Colorado District 1 voted Democrat, then 1 electoral vote goes to the Democrat. If district 2 votes for the Libertarian, 1 vote goes to the Libertarian. So on and so forth. 2) award 2 “at large” votes to the cumulative winner of the state, or split them in the event of a tie. 2) Expand the electoral college. Make it so each district represents a maximum of 500,000 residents. This increases the electoral college, increases access to representatives, and creates a more accurate and fair way of electing the president. Love the podcast. Keep up the good work of spreading the words of freedom through the land!! Reply John Crawford on February 6, 2019 at 6:04 am Reply to Michael L – Michael, Good Post! Keep a couple things in mind, too, though. The Libertarian Party should never get behind a “national popular vote” effort – it defeats most of what Libertarianism stands for. Also keep in mind, that there has never been, nor should there ever be, a FEDERAL provision for the population to elect the President. (I also believe the 17th Amendment was an enormous mistake, but I digress …) To have popular votes for President have all been STATE decisions, not federal. States decided to ask their STATE voters how it should both. NOW, with this dangerous National Popular Vote Interstate Compact scheme, States are throwing THAT out and going with a far less reliable “national” vote tally, IGNORING thier OWN voters! It is simple: It’s our STATES that elect the President, not the population. Our States – voting Independently and NOT in Collusion – is how our federal system works best. Each of the points you raise are great points – they must be decided, however, INTRAstate and not INTERstate. That’s how it needs to remain for a healthy Federation of American States. IMHO. Reply John Crawford on February 6, 2019 at 5:46 am This is an excellent podcast. You do a great job clearly explaining these concepts, Dr Krannawitter. HOWEVER … There is one point to consider, though, and it seems subtle at first, that you omit or gloss over and it is the point that knocks all of the follow-on support arguments FOR a “national popular vote” effort off it’s tracks. Absent this point, many of the subsequent arguments for an NPV sound like they make sense. Please consider this: The President of the United STATES was never thought by the Founders to be governing over the populations. The Domestic governing was to be done by the STATES, where the Consent of the Governed can be more easily granted or withheld. It’s where the Governed can hold the Governing more accountable. It is much harder to “run an official out of town tied to a rail” if that official is 1,800 miles away! Our STATES were to provide Domestic Governing, NOT the Federals! The President represents the STATES far more than the populations. We are the United STATES of America, not the United Population. The President & Federal Government represent the States internationally, help resolve disputes among the States and help them do business among them better, but they don’t really govern the People. Our States do. The feds make sure the States adhere to Constitutional principles in their governing, but their main role is not to govern the People. Our President is not our School Superintendent for a reason. Our STATES are also supposed to be the primary Counterweight against an overzealous and growing Federal government. This NPVIC scheme being implemented today, serves to remove our States from that very critical Checks and Balances role! They are the ONLY force large enough and powerful enough to keep the Federals in check. It not only is their Right to do so, but it’s their Responsibility to. THIS Concept is why the Founders never provided for the U.S. population to elect the President. The People elect and control the STATE governments; the States elect and control the Federal government. The NPVIC short-circuits that vital safeguard and it makes daily control of Life in Greeley from Washington, DC possible, with the State now a mere District Office. And THAT is what the NPVIC is REALLY trying to achieve! There never has been nor should there EVER be a “national popular vote” for ANY office in America. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.