The U.S. Constitution is the gold standard when it comes to societal compacts. It fundamentally maximizes individual growth and prosperity while minimizing group control and suppression through a constantly evolving framework of human endeavors. The United States cannot live without it, and the more complex the world becomes, the more obvious that it takes men and women of high moral character to live with such a compact.
One of the greatest checks to ensure that the moral individual for whom this Constitution was devised was to ensure that the states maintain their dominant sovereignty over the federal system. That is the primary reason why the president is not elected through a singular, popular vote, but through the consensus of the votes within each state. This would ensure that no individual or small cabal could control or thwart the will of individuals. Without a Constitution, we have 1984 and Oceania as the ultimate result.
Having said that, the latest flavor of the day when it comes to oppressing the individual through groupthink is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). Its premise is to create an end run around the U.S. Constitution by allowing the states to agree to assigning its electors to vote for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote, regardless of the actual vote within the state itself. Obviously, this undermines the reason that the Constitution requires such a method for determining the president, and that alone should disqualify this attempt to jettison the electoral college. But I contend another reason, including a sinister scenario.
First, let’s assume the NPVIC is in place, and the states whose additive electoral votes exceed the amount of votes needed to win the presidency, 270. If a candidate wins the popular vote, an NPVIC state must force its electors to vote the winner. This sounds fair, and in most cases, the election itself wouldn’t be affected.
In my example, let’s say a Republican ekes out a victory over the Democrat by, say, a million votes out of 125 million. In other words, a very close election. And furthermore, let’s say that the amount of electoral votes that the Republican would have gotten in a non-NPVIC compact would have been LESS than the Democrat candidate. But with NPVIC, states like California and New York MUST cast their ballots for the Republican candidate. At first glance, one would think, “Ha! Democrats were caught by their own stupid Compact!
So now we have a situation where the vast majority of NPVIC states, which were overwhelmingly Democrat, would have to instruct their electors to vote Republican.
So imagine this scenario: A bunch of extremely pissed off voters in, say, California, would do is say (excuse me for entering snowflake mode), “HEY!! We VOTED for the Democrat with OVERWHELMING NUMBERS!! Why should WE HAVE TO VOTE THE DAMN REPUBLICAN IN!! IT’S NOT FAIR!!”
Same thing in New York, DC, and Maryland. But we say, “The law is the law. The Republican won the popular vote, so you must abide by the NPVIC you guys insisted upon.” You think the Dems wouldn’t try to reverse the outcome?
The problem is that the Compact is simply that: a relatively toothless law that is not even codified by any extra-legislative branch that can be subverted by one federal judge. And if California or New York wanted, they could find that judge, rule NPVIC invalid, and insist that the US Constitution requiring the electors of the State to decide whom to vote for OVER such an “illegal, unconstitutional compact.” And with the gavel, the state is relieved of its duty to vote for the Republican and vote for the Democrat.
That, folks, is the REAL impetus behind NPVIC. This is a blatant attempt to game the system, so even if the Republican wins the vote but loses the popular vote, the progressives can subvert the people’s will yet again. While NPVIC would then be dead at this time, the pragmatic outcome is that it would give the progressives one more method in which to subvert the will of the people through their “creative interpretation” of the U.S. Constitution.
NPVIC should be stopped on Constitutional grounds alone. Unfortunately, many low-info voters in both parties have bought into the popular vote myth, not understanding the fundamental method in which the Left is using it for their advantage, and allowing them an easy way to change the results of an election, albeit only one time.
The National Public Voting Interstate Compact must not be allowed to happen. Never.